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.
"Jericho, at one time a royal residence and celebrated city, has now become a little village. [...] All evidence of its holy character has entirely disappeared." This print describes Jericho with an image of stone houses and a road leading uphill to more fortifications. Another smaller image of Elijah leaving earth in a fiery wagon. The verso showing priestly lineage of Azariah, Jehoiada, Azariahs; and lineage of Syrian Kings: Ben-hadad I, Hazael, Ben-hadad II, Rezin. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b & w, very good, one margin corner lacking not affecting text or images. Very good condition. Item #21679