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 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.
'...[i]n the twenty-fifth year of the Babylonian captivity, [...] the hand of the Lord was upon Ezekiel. And a spirit took him up on a high mountain in the land of Israel, and indicated to him the construction [...] of the Temple.' Layout and drawings of the temple with titles, "The first figure of the temple edifice...", "The second figure to facilitate understanding", "Two figures representing ornamentation of the gate." The verso is illustrated without text except on the illustrations themselves: the walls, the promenade, the temple, outbuildings, elevation of the east gate and north edifice. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b & w, very clean throughout, and very interesting. Very good condition. Item #21671