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 (second stage of the world) is of Ninive - (Nineveh) showing a fortified medieval city. The entrance to the city has a statue of a king holding a scepter in his right hand. A castle like structure is at the top of a hill at left, mirrored by a church with dome on the right. Verso has a family tree beginning with Nehor and Melcha. Crisp images, approximately 12 x 17", b & w, faint tide mark on left border, not affecting image, two small fox spots in margin. Very good condition. Item #21641