Astronomer Ptolemy,Heretics,Portraits,etc,Schedel,World Chronicle,Woodcut,1497
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One rare example of early fine printing, an illustrated leaf from from the first small Latin edition of :
Schedel,H. Liber cronicarum.
Augsburg: Johannes Schensperger, 1497.
It is listed as number S-308 in Goff and as M40786 in GW.
The woodcuts were designed by Michael Wohlgemuth (1434-1519) and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (1460-94). It is highly likely that their apprentice, Albrecht Duerer (1471-1528) collaborated on some of the illustrations. The literal meaning of the Latin word incunabulum is "infant's cradle" and alludes to the fact that printing at that time was in its infancy. The fact that a book was printed before 1500 is significant in that its value is much greater than if it had been printed after 1501.
Condition of the leaf: On hand-made, water-marked paper in good condition with the customary evidence of aging: soiling, staining or spotting, edge flaws, original paper flaws, etc. I will mention flaws that cannot be seen on the photograph.
Size of the leaf: ca.: 11.5" x 8"... read more