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.
The folio side is all text with the following headings: The Distinction Between Celestial and Elementary Orbits; The Distinction of the Celestial Hierarchies; Of Time or Of the Ages. The verso depicts the First Age of the World with a large image of the Creator kneeling near Eve who is emerging from Adam's right side. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b & w, slt ruffled at lower edge, not affecting text, slt dusty. Very good condition. Item #21674