Leaf Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) (early printing)

Anton Koberger, 1493. Print. Item #277911

Leaf, 12.1 x 17.5 inches. Plate impression 10.25 x 15 inches. Printed in black on white. Text in German. Woodcut illustration by workshop of Michael Wolgemut (1434-1519). The Chronicle is a illustrated encyclopedia of world history based on the Bible. It is one of the best documented early printed books, an incunabulum, and one of the most successful integrating text and illustrations. This is leaf CCLIII with woodcurt illustration of the fortified city of Sabatz. 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. Very good leaf with archival tape repair of tear on bottom right. Leaf is soiled along the edges with a few spots of scattered foxing. The verso has 1/3 inch tape at top edge.

Price: $400.00

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