Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514).
Title Single printed leaf from the Schedel'schen Weltchronik.
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Publisher Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493
Seller ID JL815-008
Single Leaf. Blatt CLXXIII. 16 1/4 x 11 inches. Text from "Das sechst alter" in German, 62 lines per page, single-column, 15 double-line woodcut initials, the recto with 4 woodcut illustrations including King Arnophus, Bishop Rudolphus, a prince, and a larger woodcut illustration of a town, the verso with 5 pope portraits in a column and woodcut of an angel armed with a sword and scales of justice, weighing men against one another; text clean, unmarked, with only occasional and very minor soiling or foxing. Very Good. Anton Koberger began printing books in Nuremberg about 1470; by 1500 he had issued 250 titles, printing thousands of copies of his various books. This made Koberger one of the largest publishers of the incunabula period, keeping up to 18 printing presses active with over 100 assistants, printers, and typesetters under employment. Koberger's Register des buchs der Croniken und geschichten, mit figure und pildnussen von anbegin der welt bis auf dies unsere Zeit, or Weltchronik, was written by Hartmann Schedel, a physician, scholar, and collector of historical documents who came up with the idea of making a chronicle of all human life from the beginning to the fifteenth century. It was Anton Koberger who added the organizational expertise for this massive project, engaging the famous artists Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Peydenwurff, and other important figures such as Sebald Schreyer, and others, to complete the project. This leaf is from the sixth age of the Chronicle, from Christ to the fifteenth century, and begins with an account of King Arnulf of Carinthia, King of Lorraine (887-795), and discusses the reigns of contemporary Roman pontiffs.
Hartmann Schedel, Single printed leaf from the Schedel'schen Weltchronik, Anton Koberger, Nuremberg Chronicle, Early Printed Leaf,