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 Latin text describes the taking of the city of Liege by the Duke Charles of Burgundy, and the King of Hungary Matthias who took the Turkish fortress of Sabatz. A very detailed image of the fortress shows, '[the] fortress [...] was protected with wood and earth works, surrounded with towers and moats, and manned with many people. It was surrounded with wooden hedges and sharp posts, and the walls were built of wood.' The verso describes Pope Sixtus IV of the Year of Christ 1471, and Pope Innocent VIII of the Year of Christ 1484 with two small images. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b & w with red accents in text, tide mark at top of page by title, archivally reinforced corner at top, not affecting text or image, sml faint mark outside of image border. A very interesting image. Very good condition. Item #21720
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