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.
A rendition of Solomon's Temple with an hexagonal shape, and priestly lineage of Zadok, Ahimaaz, Israelite Kings: Jeroboam, Nadab, Baasha and Elathree; and Hebrew prophets, Ahijah, Shemaiah and Abdo. On the verso is a print of the walled city of Perusia (now Perugia) in Central Italy. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b & w, one faint mark at bottom margin not affecting text, otherwise very clean. Very good condition. Item #21677