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Original 520-year-old letterpress pages and wood block prints
from the richest illustrated Incunabila, the famous

"Nuremberg Chronicle"
published by
Hartmann Schedel in the year 1493.

In May of 1493 appeared in the Latin language one of the earliest voluminous books, fully illustrated with 1809 woodcuts printed from 645 woodblocks: The Nuremberg Chronicle. Only 800 Latin volumes were believed to have been printed.

The story of this book is a story of superlatives. Hartmann Schedel, a medical doctor in Nuremberg who owned the most important private collection of books in all of Europe was the author. His library made the writing of this book possible. The writing and production of this book was teamwork. Among the more famous cooperators were Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and the painter and expert woodcutter Michael Wolgemut (1434-1519) who became the first noted book illustrator. His most famous apprentice up to 1489 was Albrecht Dürer who is supposedly contributed two woodcuts to the Chronicle. Poet Konrad Celtis contributed the German text which was published in December of the same year.

Sebald Schreyer (1446-1520), a wealthy merchant in Nuremberg, financed the enduring and long lasting preparations which went into the production of this book which is a "History of the World" from Genesis to the date of printing. The double page size woodcuts of city views are, with the exception of Lübeck, the first ever printed views. Large sized and sometimes in bold, bright hand coloring they are considered the crowns of city view collections.

Columbus had already "discovered" America when the Schedel Chronicle appeared on the book market. But no news of this stunning discovery had reached the editors in time to be included in this remarkable book, so that, alas, there is no mention of "The New World" in it. However it remains a fact that the Nuremberg Chronicle is one of the most noted and valuable incunabila.

These are original pages from the Nuremberg Chronicle. They are over 520 years old!
A rare opportunity to acquire 15th-century book illustrations by named artists!



Nuremberg Chronicle original wood block prints Nuremberg Chronicle original wood block prints  
CXIIII
(Recto)
Polycarp, Praxedes, Felicitas, Ptolemy (Ptolemeus), Aulus Gellius. Montanus hereticus, Apelles hereticus
CXIIII
(Verso)
Anicetus the pope; Soter (Sother) the pope; Eleutherius the pope; Victor the pope, a native of Africa; Zephyrinus (Sepherinus) the pope; Calixtus the pope
 
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Liber cronicarum: cum figuris et ymagibus ab inicio mundi [Nuremberg Chronicle]

Sexta etas mundi [the sixth age of the world]
Foliu[m] CXIII

published by Hartmann Schedel
Nuremberg, 1493

 

2 pages total
(front and back sides of one sheet)

CXIIII
Recto: wood block prints of Polycarp, Praxedes, Felicitas, Ptolemy (Ptolemeus), Aulus Gellius. Montanus hereticus, Apelles hereticus
Verso: woodcuts of Popes Anicetus, Soter, Eleutherius, Victor, Zephyrinus, Calixtus

Click on the red links above for more information about each illustration. Thank you to Morse Library, Belloit College for providing this excellent research information.

 

SHEET SIZE IS APPROXIMATELY 11.125 x 16.5 inches (28.25 x 41.9 CM)

 
CONDITION ISSUES: TYPICAL SOILING IN MARGINS, OLD WORM-HOLES, SHORT TEARS AROUND EDGES, NOTES IN PENCIL (EASILY ERASED). OTHERWISE, VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION, SEE ABOVE PHOTOS FOR MORE DETAILED LOOK.
2 pages (front and back of one sheet)

$375
 

     
Nuremberg Chronicle, Ravenna, Italy Tower near Andernach Nuremberg Chronicle, Ravenna, Italy
CXLII
(Recto)
Ravenna, Italy
CXLII
(Verso)
Popes Symmachus, Hormisdas, John I, & Felix IV

CXLV
(Recto)
Justinius, the Fifth Council of Constantinople, Belisarius

CXLV
(Verso)
Vitigis, Totilla, Narses, St. Patrick
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Liber cronicarum: cum figuris et ymagibus ab inicio mundi [Nuremberg Chronicle]

Sexta etas mundi [the sixth age of the world]
Foliu[m] CXLII and CXLV

published by Hartmann Schedel
Nuremberg, 1493

 

4 pages total

CXLII
Recto: a view of Ravenna, Italy
Verso: 4 woodcuts of Popes Symmachus, Hormisdas, John I, & Felix IV

CXLV
Recto: 3 woodcuts including Justinius, the Fifth Council of Constantinople, and Belisarius

Verso: woodcuts of Vitigis, Totilla, Narses, and St. Patrick

Click on the red links above for more information about each illustration. Thank you to Morse Library, Belloit College for providing this excellent research information.

 

EACH PAGE IS APPROXIMATELY 12 x 17.25 inches (30.5 x 43.8 CM)

 
CONDITION ISSUES: TYPICAL SOILING IN MARGINS, OLD WORM-HOLES, SHORT TEARS AROUND EDGES. OTHERWISE, VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION, SEE ABOVE PHOTOS FOR MORE DETAILED LOOK.
Sold as 4-page set only

$750
 

 
Nuremberg Chronicle original wood block prints Nuremberg Chronicle original wood block prints from 1493  
CXLIII
(Recto)
Justin the Elder, Clovis, and Amalasuntha
CXLIII
(Verso)
The Third Aurelian Council;  Arthur, king of the Britons; Cassiodorus; Priscian (Priscianum); Arator, cardinal of the holy Roman Church; Brandanus, holy abbot of Hibernia; Sidonius Apollinaris; Bridget (Brigida), a very holy virgin of Scotland;
 
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Liber cronicarum: cum figuris et ymagibus ab inicio mundi [Nuremberg Chronicle]

Sexta etas mundi [the sixth age of the world]
Foliu[m] CXLIII

published by Hartmann Schedel
Nuremberg, 1493

 

2 pages total
(front and back sides of one sheet)

CXLIII
Recto: wood block prints of Justin the Elder, Clovis (Clodoneus), the first Christian king in France, and Amalasuntha (Amalasiuntha)
Verso: woodcuts of The Third Aurelian Council, King Arthur, Cassiodorus, etc.

Click on the red links above for more information about each illustration. Thank you to Morse Library, Belloit College for providing this excellent research information.

 

SHEET SIZE IS APPROXIMATELY 12 x 17.25 inches (30.5 x 43.8 CM)

 
CONDITION ISSUES: TYPICAL SOILING IN MARGINS, OLD WORM-HOLES, SHORT TEARS AROUND EDGES. OTHERWISE, VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION, SEE ABOVE PHOTOS FOR MORE DETAILED LOOK.
2 pages (front and back of one sheet)

$300
 

 
Nuremberg Chronicle original wood block prints Nuremberg Chronicle original wood block prints from 1493  
CXLIIII
(Recto)
St. Benedict, Aquinas on Mt. Cassino, Scholastica (sister of St. Benedict)
CXLIIII
(Verso)
Popes Boniface, John the second, Agapetus, Siverius of Campania, Vigilus
 
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Liber cronicarum: cum figuris et ymagibus ab inicio mundi [Nuremberg Chronicle]

Sexta etas mundi [the sixth age of the world]
Foliu[m] CXLIIII

published by Hartmann Schedel
Nuremberg, 1493

 

2 pages total
(front and back sides of one sheet)

CXLIIII
Recto: wood block prints of St. Benedict, Aquinas on Mt. Cassino, Scholastica (sister of St. Benedict)
Verso: woodcuts of Popes Boniface, John the second, Agapetus, Siverius of Campania, Vigilus 

Click on the red links above for more information about each illustration. Thank you to Morse Library, Belloit College for providing this excellent research information.

 

SHEET SIZE IS APPROXIMATELY 12 x 17.25 inches (30.5 x 43.8 CM)

 
CONDITION ISSUES: TYPICAL SOILING IN MARGINS, OLD WORM-HOLES, SHORT TEARS AROUND EDGES. OTHERWISE, VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION, SEE ABOVE PHOTOS FOR MORE DETAILED LOOK.
2 pages (front and back of one sheet)

$350
 

 
 

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