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 German 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 7 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 adjoins with Plate No. CLXXXIIII and together describes the German Electoral College. This plate shows images of the towns and shields of Salzburg, Constance, Ulma, Hagenau, Aquisgranum. The verso describes Popes John XVIII "came to the pontificate through neglectfulness; and he did nothing memorable", Sergius IV, Benedict VIII, John XIX, and Benedict IXX. Approximately 11.75 x 16.5", b & w, cropped very close on left side, a discoloration at center of image, bottom and long edge dusty, otherwise good. Good + overall. Item #21669