Decorative coloured Incunabulum leaf in folio showing area and cities of the German and Austrian Elector-Princes, who elected the Holy Roman Emperor by H. Schedel. From the famous "Nuremberg Chronicle" in Latin edition printed 1493. Showing the following cities together with the coat of arms, from left to right: Augsburg, Metz, Aachen, Lübeck, Bamberg, Selestat, Haguenau, Ulm, Cologne, Regensburg, Constance and Salzburg. Verso five woodcut portraits of electors and earls. Leaf number CLXXXV.
As usual, centrefold back. Fine condition.
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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Hartmann Schedel: Electorum imperii institutio.
Coloured woodcut town view of Germany. Printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493.
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