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Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493. FIRST EDITION. This is a very handsome copy, with royal provenance, of the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century, issued by the most successful German printer of the era. A history of the world from the biblical creation to the late 15th century, the "Chronicle" was written in Latin by physician, humanist scholar, and book collector Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), who drew heavily on works of ancient and Medieval history from his extensive personal collection. (Schedel's library in 1498 contained 370 manuscripts and 670 printed books.) His chronicle was by far the most richly illustrated and technically demanding work to be printed in the 15th century. Its planning took five years and the printing took 20 months. The "Chronicle" is also one of the best-documented incunables, as the contracts between the printer, his financial backers, and the artists have survived in the Nuremberg city archive. Merchants Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister funded the project, advancing 1,000 gulden for the production and distribution of the book; artists Wolgemut and Pleydenwurff agreed to do the woodcuts and layout; and Koberger contracted to print and distribute it. Koberger (ca. 1440-1513) established the first printing shop in Nuremberg in 1470, and steadily grew and expanded the business, eventually operating 24 presses and employing 100 workers. Koberger was the godfather of Albrecht Dürer, who was apprenticed to the illustrator Wolgemut at the time production on the "Chro … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [U.S.A.]
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