Westvalia germanie provincia / Hassia germanie pvincia

Hartmann Schedel (*1440 - 1514)
Coloured woodcut town view of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse. Printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493.

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Early woodcut view of Westphalia by Hartmann Schedel. On verso a view of Hesse. From the famous Liber Chronicarum also known as the Nuremberg Chronicle, printed in 1493. Leaf number CCLXXXIIII.

The woodblock cutters were Michael Wolgemut, the well-known teacher of Albrecht Dürer, and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff. Wohlgemut was Albrecht Dürer's tutor between 1486-90. Since the young Dürer was active in Wohlgemut's printer shop during the time the woodblocks for the Nuremberg Chronicle have produced, he may also have collaborated, since some of the cuts bear a remarkably close resemblance to his Apocalypse illustrations.


CartographerHartmann Schedel
TitleWestvalia germanie provincia / Hassia germanie pvincia
Publisher, YearAnton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1493
Plate Size23.0 x 22.0 cm (9.1 x 8.7 inches)
Sheet Size40.5 x 28.0 cm (15.9 x 11.0 inches)


Paper loss in lower white margin and corners restored.


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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Coloured woodcut town view of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse. Printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493.

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