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 verso page describes the recovery of Jerusalem from 1094 to 1110 and an image of Nicaea, (an ancient city in northwestern Anatolia), a famed city because of its ecclesiastical history as the seat of the great Ecumenical Council . The image shows a large city with a dome at right (image repeated from XXIII). The folio side describes Bruno, a renowned philosopher and theologian of the Order of the Carthusians, and Hugo, the Bishop of Grenoble. Three small images, one of a town, Bruno and Hugo. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b & w, slt. ruffle at bottom left margin not affecting text, very clean. Very good condition. Item #21683