Antique woodcut town view of Cairo. Printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493.

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Incunabulum leaf in folio showing a cityview of Cairo / Egypt and Abraham by H. Schedel from the famous "Nuremberg Chronicle" in German edition printed 1493. Verso a biblical scene showing an angel preventing the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham.


CartographerHartmann Schedel
Publisher, YearAnton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1493
Plate Size18.0 x 17.0 cm (7.1 x 6.7 inches)
Sheet Size38.0 x 26.5 cm (15.0 x 10.4 inches)


Corners cut, small tear in lower right corner, minor brown staining at centre.


Hartmann Schedel was born 1440 in Nuremberg. He studied in Leipzig and Padua several disciplines also Physics, Medicine and Laws. Neither his social position nor his business made him famous, but his major work the so called Schedel's World Chronicle. The incunable was issued 1493 in Latin, followed by the German edition in the same year. It contains more than 1800 woodcuts out of Michael Wolgemut woodcut shop. Albrecht Dürer completed an apprenticeship with Wolgemut around 1490, so even Dürer may has worked on these woodcuts. Many of the illustrations showing cities the first time ever. In 1497 the Small Schedel was printed by Johann Schönsperger in Augsburg, a reduced version of the Nuremberg print also smaller in size. Schedel died 1514 in Nuremberg.

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