SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. Liber chronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.
Imperial folio, 463 x 317 mm. (18¼ x 12½ in.), modern pigskin, new endpapers, original front free flyleaf preserved, lacking last 2 blank leaves, title-leaf with upper and lower margins extended (inscription removed from upper margin), minor marginal tears or repairs to about 10 leaves, quire 362 (fols. CLIX-CLX) possibly supplied, pagination of fol. CLX cropped, Europe map slightly dampstained and with single small hole, small inkstain, and short marginal tear, some worming to lower margins, scattered marginal dampstaining, most severe at end, a few leaves browned, a few of the pagination errors corrected with white-out; folding cloth case.
Collation: [1-26 38 46 5-74 8-116 122 134 14-166 172 18-196 20-254 26-296 302 316 324 33-356 362 374 38-616]. 326 (of 328) leaves, without fols. 61/5-6 blank, with blank leaf 55/6; quire 55, the Sarmatian supplement, bound between quires 53 and 54. 4/1-61/3 foliated I-CCLXVI with errors, quire 55 without printed foliation, fols. CCLVIIII-CCLXI (fols. 54/1-3) left blank except for printed headlines, intended for readers' manuscript additions to the Sixth Age. Types 9:165G (headings), 16:110BG (text). 64 lines and headline (variable). Xylographic title, 2- and 3-line pearled Lombard initials, spaces left blank for larger initials, 645 woodcuts repeated to a total of 1809 illustrations (by Sydney Cockerell's count, in Some German Woodcuts of the fifteenth century, Kelmscott Press 1897, pp. 35-6), including 2 double-page maps, of the world (Shirley 19), and of central Europe, 29 town views extending across two pages, and 8 full-page cuts, by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, including the young Albrecht Dürer. Unrubricated.
FIRST EDITION of the Nuremberg Chronicle, a history of the world compiled by the physician and polymath Hartmann Schedel with the assistance of Conrad Celtis and Hieronymus Münzer, largely from books in Schedel's library (now in the Stadtsbibliothek, Nürnberg). The artists Wolgemut and Pleydenwurff are explicitly acknowledged in the colophon; the range and quantity of their woodcuts, which include a Creation sequence, numerous genealogical cuts, and 102 town views, make this the most extensively illustrated book of the fifteenth century.
HC 14508*; BMC II, 437; CIBN S-161; Schreiber 5203; Adrian Wilson, The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle (1976); Alden 493/21; Goff S-307.
Provenance: Contemporary signature on colophon page, "François del p[ri]ech?" (the last name holed), with motto "foy dans ceur, me faict cherir les bons", nearly illegible canceled inscription on title, apparently in the same hand, "Ex libris Francisci podiani" -- Later ownership inscription on first page of table, "Ex libris Bartholomei Platet ecclesie Sancti Narb. canonici doctoris theologiae", with notes in same hand -- A few early marginalia, 17th-century annotations on first index page.