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 describes Saint Elizabeth and includes an image of her in the act of giving food and drink to a small emaciated man, who takes shelter under her cloak; and 4 scholars of canon and/or civil law Raymond, Accursius of Florence, Bartholomew of Brescia, Roffredus of Benevento. On the verso describes the antagonism between Pope Innocent the IV and Emperor Frederick, with an image of Pope Innocentius, and Pope Alexander who succeeded him. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b & w, very clean. Very good condition. Item #21672