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Schedel. Chronicle of the World - 1493

Hardcover with booklet in slipcase, 8 x 11.4 in., 7.16 lb, 684 pages
US$ 60
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Hartmann Schedel’s Weltchronik, or Chronicle of the World (better known today as the Nuremberg Chronicle, after the German city in which it was created), was a groundbreaking encyclopedic work and, at the time, the most lavishly illustrated book ever printed in Europe. This complete fascimile reproduces a rare hand-colored copy, true to the original in every respect, with a comprehensive booklet.

Time Machine to the 15th Century

1493’s must-have history book and city guide by Hartmann Schedel

Hartmann Schedel’s Weltchronik, or Chronicle of the World (better known today as the Nuremberg Chronicle, after the German city in which it was created), was a groundbreaking encyclopedic work and, at the time, the most lavishly illustrated book ever printed in Europe.

Both a historical reference work and a contemporary inventory of urban culture at the end of the 15th century, the Chronicle was to have a remarkable influence on the cultural, ecclesiastical, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages. It was particularly notable for its vast quantity of woodcut illustrations (more than 1,800) depicting events from the Bible, human monstrosities, portraits of kings, queens, saints and martyrs, and allegorical pictures of miracles, as well as views of a great number of “modern” cities, many of which had never been documented before.

Today, copies of the Chronicle sell for up to 800,000 dollars; we’ve procured a rare hand-colored copy, true to the original in every respect, and created a complete facsimile of utmost quality. In case you don’t read Early Modern High German, the comprehensive booklet, with summaries of the book’s main stories, provides a user-friendly way to explore this amazing historical masterpiece.
The author

Stephan Füssel is director of the Institute for Book Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, and holder of the Gutenberg Chair at the same university. He has published prolifically on the early days of printing, the sale and publication of books between the 18th and 20th centuries, and the future of communications.

Schedel. Chronicle of the World - 1493
Hardcover with booklet in slipcase, 8 x 11.4 in., 7.16 lb, 684 pages
Schedel. Chronicle of the World - 1493
Schedel.
Chronicle of the World - 1493
US$ 60
Schedel. Chronicle of the World - 1493
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