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Schedel, Hartmann, 1440-1514

Registrum huius operis libri cronicarum cu[m] figuris et ÿmagi[ni]bus ab inicio mu[n]di.

Additional Title(s):

Registrum huius operis libri cronicarum cum in figuris et imagibus ab inicio mundi

Libri cronicarum cu[m] figuris et ÿmagi[ni]bus ab inicio mu[n]di

Libri cronicarum cum in figuris et imagibus ab inicio mundi

Title from leaf I of text: Epitoma operu[m] sex dieru[m] de mu[n]di fabrica

Common title: Nuremberg chronicle

Liber chronicarum

[Nuremberg] : Dominus Anthonius Koberger Nuremberge impressit ..., duodecima mensis Iulij anno salutis n[ost]r[a]e. 1493.
Physical Description:
[20], CCXCIX, [9] leaves : 1809 illustrations, 2 maps (woodcuts) ; 50 cm. (fol.)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2019 3
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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BEIN 2012 Folio 153: For fuller description see collation-slip in volume. Bookplate of A. Hachette.
BEIN 2012 Folio 154: 49 cm., in case 53 cm. For fuller description see collation-slip in volume.
BEIN ZZi 2084: 45 cm. in case 48 cm. For fuller description see collation-slip in volume. Armorial binding of Paul Petau. Autograph of Charles duc de Croy. Bookplate of the Marquises of Ormonde (Ossory).
BEIN 1977 Folio 25: Imperfect: some lower margins bled and repaired. For fuller description see collation-slip in volume.
BEIN 1999 Folio 15: 47 cm. Imperfect: leaves 1, 17, 51, 58, 101, 259, 261, 264, 267, 285, 290 wanting. Illuminated letters on t.p. and f. 268.
Imprint from second colophon.
Leaves printed on both sides.
Unsigned gatherings.
"Completo in famosissima Nurembergensi vrbi Operi de hystorijs etatum mundi, ac descriptione vrbium. felix imponitur finis. Collectum breui tempore Auxilio doctoris hartma[n]ni Schedel. qua fieri potuit diligentia. Anno [christ]i Millesimo quadringentesimo nonagesimotercio. die quarto mensis Iunij. Deo igitur optimo. sint laudes infinite": leaf cclxvi recto (first colophon).
"ADest nunc studiose lector finis libri Cronicarum per viam epithomatis [et] breuiarij compilati opus q[ui]dem preclarum. [et] a doctissimo quoq[ue] comparandum. Continet e[ni]m gesta. quecu[m]q[ue] digniora sunt notatu ab initio mu[n]di ad hanc vsq[ue] te[m]poris nostri calamitatem. Castigatu[m]q[ue] a viris doctissimis vt magis elaboratum in lucem prodiret. Ad intuitu[m] autem [et] preces prouidoru[m] ciuiu[m] Sebaldi Schreyer [et] Sebastiani kamermaister hunc librum dominus Anthonius koberger Nuremberge impressit. Adhibitis tame[n] viris mathematicis pingendiq[ue] arte peritissimis. Michaele wolgemut et wilhelmo Pleydenwurff. quaru[m] solerti acuratissimaq[ue] animaduersione tum ciuitatum tum illustrium virorum figure inserte sunt. Consummatu[m] autem duodecima mensis Iulij. Anno salutis n[ost]re 1493": leaf [ccc] verso (second colophon).
With two colophons, one dated 4 June 1493, marking the end of the work of Hartmann Schedel; the remainder of the text, with colophon dated 12 July 1493, was the work of Georg Alt. See Wilson, Adrian, The making of the Nuremberg chronicle, 1976, page 156.
Signatures (as given by BMC and others--the book was printed without signatures): *⁶ **⁶ ***⁸ a⁶ b-d⁴ e-h⁶ i² k⁴ l-n⁶ o² p-q⁶ r-y⁴ z⁶ aa-cc⁶ dd² ee⁶ ff⁴ mm-zz⁶ A-K⁶ L⁶⁻² M⁶. The double-leaf map of Europe is printed on leaves L3 and L4, with presentation of the map on L3r and the second colophon on L4v; L5-6 are cancelled. M1r-5v (without foliation) contain "De Sarmacia regione Europe", with Latin sapphics on the exploits of Maximilian on M5v; M6 is blank.
Printed on Imperial-sized paper; table and parts of text in 2 columns; 64 lines plus headline to a full page; area of text 352 (366) x 223 mm. Includes initial spaces in the table and on leaves i, cclxii, and leaf [iv] (third group); printed initials elsewhere. With foliation, without catchwords and signatures.
Leaves CCLVIIII-CCLXI are blank except for head-lines to allow for readers' additions, as noted on leaf CCLVIIIv.
Contains 1809 woodcut illustrations (of which 1164 are repeats) by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, and Albrecht Dürer, and two woodcut maps.
World map printed across leaves XIIv and XIIIr.
Variants listed by W.B. Todd, The book collector, 1964, p. 497-98, and in Wilson.
Disputed passage relating to alleged discovery of America by Behaim and Camus on recto of leaf CCXC.
Incunabula short title catalogue, is00307000
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, M40784
Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, S-307
Copinger, W.A. Supplement to Hain's Repertorium bibliographicum, 14508*
Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum, II, 437 (IC. 7451)
Catalogue of books printed in the fifteenth century now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, S-108
Catalogue of the fifteenth-century printed books in the University Library, Cambridge, 1026, 1027, 1028, 1029
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Inkunabelkatalog, S-195
Pellechet, M. Catalogue général des incunables des bibliothèques publiques de France, 10351 = 10352
Bibliothèque nationale (France). Catalogue des incunables (CIBN), S-161
Catalogue of the fifteenth-century printed books in the Harvard University Library, 726, 727, 728, 729, 730, 731, 732
Polain, M.-L. Catalogue des livres imprimés au quinzième siècle des bibliothèques de Belgique, 3469
Proctor, R. Index to the early printed books in the British Museum, 2084
Catalogue of incunabula and sixteenth century printed books in the National Library of Medicine, 431
Schramm, A. Der Bilderschmuck der Frühdrucke, fortgeführt von der Kommission für den Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, XVII, page 9
Schreiber, W.L. Manuel de l'amateur de la gravure sur bois et sur métal au XVe siècle, 5203
Klebs, A.C. Incunabula scientifica et medica, 889.1
Pollard, A.W. Catalogue of books mostly from the presses of the first printers ... collected by Rush C. Hawkins, 110
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in 16th-century blind-tooled leather over wood boards. Provenance: Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, 1649-1706 (with his initials on verso of title page); Paul Mellon.
Subject Terms:
Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, 1649-1706 -- Autograph.
Chronology, Historical -- Early works to 1800.
Civilization, Ancient -- Early works to 1800.
Croy, Charles, duc de, 1560-1612 -- Autograph.
Goodyear, Frank H. -- Bookplate.
Hachette, A. -- Bookplate.
Incunabula in Yale Library.
Ormonde, Marquises of -- Bookplate.
Petau, Paul, 1568-1614 -- Binding.
World history -- Early works to 1800.
Woodcuts -- 1493.
World maps.
Armorial bindings (Binding)
Armorial bindings (Provenance)
Alt, Georg, approximately 1450-1510.
Wolgemut, Michael, 1434-1519, illustrator.
Pleydenwurff, Wilhelm, -1494, illustrator.
Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528, illustrator.
Koberger, Anton, approximately 1440-1513, printer.
Schreyer, Sebald, 1446-1520, publisher.

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