Nuremberg – Nuremberga
Unique old map of Schedel’s hometown from the first edition
Date of first edition: 1493 (Latin edition)
Date of this map: 1493 (Latin edition)
Dimensions (not including margins): 39 x 58 cm
Condition: very good. Sharp woodcut engraving printed on strong paper. Centre fold is as published. Left and right margins reinforced at back
Condition rating: A
Verso: text in Latin
Map reference: Ginsberg (Septentrionalum Regionum, 4; Meurer Corpus älteren Germania, 1.3.1
From: famous Liber Chronicarum (also known as the Nuremberg Chronicle), Anton Koberger, Nürnberg, 1493
Nuremberg from Hartmann Schedel’s incunable
In his Nuremberg Chronicles Hartmann Schedel (1440 – 1514) describes in 1493 the human history, as related to the Bible and with special references to European cities. He divides time up in six ages, starting at the Creation. The final part covers the period between the birth of Christ and Renaissance Europe. The Chronicle contains 1804 illustrations made from 652 woodblocks.
It was one of the most remarkable books of its time. Schedel, a physician of Nuremberg, was the editor-in-chief; the printer was Anton Koberger, and among the designers the most famous were Michael Wolgemut and Hanns Pleydenwurff, masters of the Nuremberg workshop where Albrecht Dürer served his apprenticeship. The first edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle in July 1493 was in Latin and there was a reprint with German text in December of the same year. Dr. Peter Zahn’s accounting indicates that there were probably 1500 Latin and 1000 German copies printed, or 2500 in all.