Constantinople – de expurgnatione Constatinopolis
Only forty years before
Date of first edition: 1493 (Latin edition)
Date of this map: 1493 (Latin edition)
Dimensions of the view: 23 x 23,5 cm
Overall dimensions (including margins): 41,2 x 29 cm
Condition: very good. Sharp woodcut engraving printed on strong paper.
Condition rating: A+
Verso: text in Latin
From: Liber Chronicarum. (= Nuremberg Chronicle). Nürnberg, Koberger, 1493
Constantinople: 40 years later
Panoramic view of Constantinople/Istanbul to show the capture of the city by the Turks in 1453. A imaginary view: however the earliest obtainable view of this period.
Page from the richest illustrated Incunable, the famous: Nuremberg Chronicle , published the year that Columbus returned to Europe after discovering America.
The woodblock cutters were Michael Wolgemut, the well-known teacher of Albrecht Dürer, and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff. Wohlgemut was Albrecht Dürer’s tutor between 1486-90 and recent scholarship has shown, Albrecht Dürer may also have collaborated, since some of the cuts bear a remarkably close resemblance to the Apocalypse illustrations. The printing was carried out under the supervision of the great scholar-printer Anton Koberger, whose printing were famous throughout Europe. 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.