Das Buch der Chroniken (atlas)
Printed area: 76.5 x 30 cm; 30.1 x 11.8 in
Hartmann Schedel's 'Liber chronicarum' is considered to be the most extensive illustrated printed book of the 15th century. Detailing six different ages, the Chronicle combines descriptions of famous cities with representations of historical events and references to the biblical story of salvation. The narrative follows the pattern of the universal Latin and vernacular chronicles of the Middle Ages. Parallel to the biblical story other places, events and individual town descriptions are also featured, including, for example, the founding of the city of Trier at the time of the Patriarch Abraham (3rd World Age, XXIII recto). Hartmann Schedel put a special emphasis on describing the most important cities of Germany and the occident. The collection - made up of 1804 illustrations and 652 woodblocks - serves as a fascinating document of the nascent art of printing. The map includes the first documented appearance of many cities and includes a lot of detailed information, including their founding stories, the etymology of their name and a meticulous collection of contemporary facts of culture, economy and trade. Schedel drew from a variety of different sources, including other handwritten chronicles, leaflets, medical literature, the contemporary works of the Italian and German Renaissance, other geographical and cosmographic literature and the works of Ptolemy and Strabo. The woodcut work carried out by Michael Wohlgemuths (1434/37-1519) and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, within his Nuremberg workshop - an establishment renowned for its spectacular woodcuts, altars and sculptures and which soon emerged as a specialist in the new art of book illustration. Further mentions include references to the printer - Anton Koberger - and the German Renaissance artist, Albrecht Durer. Durer is known to have learned in the workshop between 30th November, 1486 and 1st December, 1489. The possibility of Durer's involvement in the Nuremberg Chronicle has been discussed in detail by Erwin Panofsky (1943). The dynamic brushwork and the skillful technique of some of the engravings - a marked contrast to some of the other woodcuts of the chronicle - suggest that the young Durer may have assisted with at least the preparatory drawings of some woodcuts. The idea is yet to be confirmed.
1st World Age Creation - Flood
2nd World Age Flood - The Birth of Abraham
3rd World Age The Birth of Abraham - The Beginning of the Kingdom of David
4th World Age The Beginning of the Kingdom of David - Babylonian Captivity
5th World Age Babylonian Captivity - Nativity
6th World Age Nativity - Presence (contemporary, the most extensive section)
7th World Age Coming of the Antichrist at the End of the World - View of the Last Judgement (short essay)
From the Legendary Vladi Collection of Historical Maps which includes 280 examples of the finest quality antique maps brought to auction with proceeds benefiting MapAction, an organization that uses maps and technology to aid those in disaster-stricken areas. Each map is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the consignor.
Condition: Pigskin over wooden boards, blind-stamped with portraits, seven brass cornerpieces (lacking one), and a stud on each board, with 2 fore-edge clasps (one an expert facsimile); title with old ink mss and erasures; a few minor repairs throughout the book, contemporary binding.
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