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. Some images represent actual cities, and other images are purely imaginative.
This print is of Alexandria in Egypt and shows a walled city with towers and churches, the sea or the Nile in the background. Verso has images of several Popes, and Kings of Syria with Latin text. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b & w, some toning at top and edges of page, slt mark in center near image, but not distracting from the image. Clean crisp images. Very good condition. Item #21640