Germany: Anton Koberger, ca 1460-1494. First edition. This work by Schedel [1440-1514] is an illustrated world history which is based on the Bible, which follows the story of human history related in the Bible and includes the histories of a number of important Western cities. Written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel it appeared in 1493. It is a well documented incunabulum, one of the first to successfully combine illustrations and text.
This epic history divides human history into seven ages. Published and printed by Anton Koberger, the godfather of Albrecht Durer and the most successful German publisher of his day. The woodcut illustrations were made in the workshop of Michael Wolgemut [1434 - 1519], with an unpredcedented number of 1,809 illustrations. These woodblocks include views of cities and towns, battles, kings, and saints.
This print is from the 4th age, and shows a sea town entitled Laruifium and Aquileya (an ancient Roman city in Italy) on the verso. Both images shows towns bordering the sea with sailships prominently displayed accompanied by latin text. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", image size 9 x 8", b & w, somewhat toned at edges, one chip at top right near margin not affecting image. Clean crisp images. Very good condition. Item #21636