Nice example of Hartmann Schedel's incunable view of Constantinople Schedel's Liber Chronicum, perhaps the single most influential secular illustrated book of the 15th Century and one of the landmark printed works of the 15th Century.

Schedel included two views of Constantinople, including this single page view showing the capture of the city by the Turks in 1453 and a larger double page view. The two are the earliest obtainable views of the City and the only 15th Century views realistically available 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 and recent scholarship has shown, Albrecht Dürer may also have collaborated, since some of the cuts bear a remarkably close resemblance to the Apocalypse illustrations.

The printing was carried out under the supervision of the great scholar-printer Anton Koberger, whose printing were famous throughout Europe.

Good hand colour

Cropped close to print but all printed surface there with space for framing.

Excellent condition.

code : M4251

Cartographer : Hartman SCHEDEL

Date : 1493 Nuremberg

Size : 24.2*23 cms

availability : Sold

Price : Sold

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Hartmann Schedel (13 February 1440 - 28 November 1514) was a German physician, humanist, historian, and one of the first cartographers to use the printing press. He was born in Nuremberg. Matheolus Perusinus served as his tutor.

Schedel is best known for his writing the text for the Nuremberg Chronicle, known as Schedelsche Weltchronik (English: Schedel's World Chronicle), published in 1493 in Nuremberg. It was probably commissioned by Anton Koberger. Maps in the Chronicle were the first ever illustrations of many cities and countries.

With the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1447, it became feasible to print books and maps for a larger customer basis. Because they had to be handwritten, books were previously rare and very expensive.

Schedel was also a notable collector of books, art and old master prints. An album he had bound in 1504, which once contained five engravings by Jacopo de' Barbari, provides important evidence for dating de' Barbari's work.