Schedel, Hartmann (1440-1514) Liber Chronicarum. Nuremberg: Koberger, 1493.
First and only Latin edition, illustrated with more than 1,800 woodcuts throughout, including the xylographic title and double-page map of Europe, and hundreds of city and town views, portraits, and other subjects, 20 unnumbered preliminary leaves; leaves 1-299 each numbered and present, except for leaf 264, which is lacking; 6 unnumbered leaves; leaf 229 misnumbered as 231, one unnumbered leaf bound between leaves 298 and 299 (counted as one of the six unnumbered leaves at the end); some leaves supplied from other copies, minor tears, stains, repairs, holes, contemporary marginal notes; bound in full later sheepskin with some repairs, scuffed, other minor damage, structurally intact.
Perhaps the most fully realized illustrated book of the incunabula period, the depth of artistic talent available in Nuremberg in the fifteenth century is palpable in this impressive volume. Generations have honored, valued, and saved this book; one can only imagine how it was received when it was new.
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