1493 NUREMBERG CHRONICLE LEAF in COLOR

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Seller: distinctive-books (691) 100%, Location: Mathews, Virginia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 192604158966 Schedel, Harmann, NUREMBERG CHRONICLE, Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493. First German Ed., one leaf printed verso and recto, Elephant Folio (19.0625x13.25"), very good / n.a., 1 pp. Light age toning and some light staining. Please study photos carefully. As to the question, "is the coloring original." I am unaware of anyway to tell with commonly available resources. If someone added the color at a later date they did a very good job of imitating the originals is pretty much anyone can say without going to great expense. This leaf is actually in marvelous condition when one considers just how many people must have handled it over the centuries. Its condition is a testimony of its value from the very start. It was conceived into this world a very valuable book and has stayed that way for hundreds of years. Now is your chance to own a piece of Captured Tyme - quite the distinctive leaf indeed. Enclosed in protective Mylar - easily removable should the need arise. The Chronicle was first published in Latin on 12 July 1493 in the city of Nuremberg. This was quickly followed by a German translation on 23 December 1493. An estimated 1400 to 1500 Latin and 700 to 1000 German copies were published. A document from 1509 records that 539 Latin versions and 60 German versions had not been sold. Approximately 400 Latin and 300 German copies survived into the twenty-first century. The larger illustrations were also sold separately as prints, often hand-coloured in watercolour. Many copies of the book are coloured, with varying degrees of skill; there were specialist shops for this. The colouring on some examples has been added much later, and some copies have been broken up for sale as decorative prints. The publisher and printer was Anton Koberger, the godfather of Albrecht Dürer, who in the year of Dürer's birth in 1471 ceased goldsmithing to become a printer and publisher. He quickly became the most successful publisher in Germany, eventually owning 24 printing presses and having many offices in Germany and abroad, from Lyon to Budapest. The Nuremberg Chronicle is an illustrated biblical paraphrase and world history that follows the story of human history related in the Bible; it includes the histories of a number of important Western cities. Written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel, with a version in German, translation by Georg Alt, it is one of the best-documented early printed books—an incunabulum—and one of the first to successfully integrate illustrations and text. Latin scholars refer to it as Liber Chronicarum (Book of Chronicles) as this phrase appears in the index introduction of the Latin edition. English-speakers have long referred to it as the Nuremberg Chronicle after the city in which it was published. German-speakers refer to it as Die Schedelsche Weltchronik (Schedel's World History) in honour of its author. Condition: Just a slight bit of staining and light age toning. They did color outside the lines a little., Subject: History, Topic: Ancient, Original/Facsimile: Original, Binding: Unbound, Publisher: Hartmann Schedel, Special Attributes: 1st Edition, Place of Publication: Nuremberg Germany, Year Printed: 1493, Author: Hartmann Schedel, Region: Europe, Language: German

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