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Title: Liber Cronicarum Cum Figuris Et Ymaginibus
Description: Nuremberg, Koberger, Anton. 1493, First Edition. Full-Leather, Gilt-Stamped, Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Ill.: Wolgemut, Michael & Pleydenwurff, Wilhelm. Book, Imperial Folio- 43,2 x 30,2. Text in 2 Columns, 64 lines to the page [in an especially designed "Rotunda" type] Contains not less as 1809 Woodcut Illustrations printed from 645 woodblocks, of which 31 are double page, spaces left blank for larger initials. Here the [true] FIRST EDITION of the first illustrated encyclopedia published at the dawn of the discovery period. As a comprehensive contemporary picture of geographical- and historical knowledge, this "Nuremberg Cronicle" offers nothing less than a history of the world, and, in its own fashion, expanded the barriers of local ciites and states just as the transatlantic voyages expanded the boundaries of the world. As a representative picture of XV-Th. Century geographical- and historical knowledge , this work is unsurpassed among incunables, in which books of a religious and lithurgical nature predominate. It was a milestone in the history of printing as well,this work cotains more illustrations then had ever appeared in a printed book. The magnificent woodcut views (31 double page) are in most cases the first printed views of the cities and towns depicted!!! And they offer a representative view of how XV-Th. Century readers pictured places they would most likely, never visit..Many, such as the important double pp. view of Jerusalem, were based upon the most up-to-date reports of travellers. The colophon credits the artists Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff for their contributions a detail with fascinating implication, since Albrecht Durer was at this time, an apprentice in their workshop (!) Hartmann Schedel was a physician and an important humanist and book collector, whom's oustanding library provided much of the research material for this monumental work. A German edition appeared later that [same] year. See at length: The making of the Nuremberg Cronicle by Adrian Wilson. For bibliographical references see: Goff-S-307. Hain Copinger: 14508 BMC 11.437 & Schreiber 5203. Bound in full Kohnstamm "Tauro-Tan" Morocco (Modern) by Leighton of London, heavily blind-tooled, with 13 or more different tools central panels and borders defined with 1-line 2-line and 3-line filets in gold with pseudo-gothic handle letters. Onlaid with green Oasis and Herit's fawn calf and blocked with black ink. Kept in a fitted gold tooled solander case. A masterly book in a binding by a modern master. A good and complete copy. [Recently 2 coloured copies were sold at auction for over 220,000 Euro] Ask for a detailed condition report and/or photographs. Fine.

Keywords: Wolgemut, Michael & Pleydenwurff, Wilhelmnuremberg Chronicle

Price: EUR 69000.00 = appr. US$ 74992.44 Seller: Quist - Antiquaar
- Book number: 2238

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