Decorative coloured incunable double-leaf in folio showing Florence by Hartmann Schedel. From the famous Liber chronicarum or Nuremberg Chronicle in Latin edition published in 1493, the year that Columbus returned to Europe after discovering America. Leaf number LXXXVII.
The view is based on the large manuscript plan by Francesco Roselli, which is dated to the period between 1471 and 1482, when the dome of Santo Spirito was still unfinished. The offered woodcut is one of the oldest authentic plans of Florence and realistically the only large format 15th Century view obtainable to collectors.
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 woodblock 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.
Paper loss in lower margin and right to top centrefold restored without affecting the printed area. Top corners remargined, three small worm traces in margin restored, one small worm hole in the illustration left to centrefold backed. Later hand colouring, some colour shine-through on back side, uncoloured on verso.
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 Firenze, Florence. Printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493.
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