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    Fifteen Illuminated Index Letters from
    the Nuremberg Chronicle

    [Nuremberg Chronicle]. Hartmann Schedel. Partial Index to Liber Chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, July, 1493. First edition. Latin version. Index of Liber Chronicarum, lacking four leaves. [15] leaves. Fifteen large illuminated index letters and rubricated text. Leaves bound in modern quarter leather and marbled paper covered boards, five raised spine bands. Ex-libris bookplate with holograph ink name of "Anne C. Morrel/1992", pencil annotations to front free endpaper, and "Pat Bruno Bookbinder" stamped on rear pastedown. Leather scuffed, scratches on leather of rear board, light fading; leaves trimmed not affecting text, holograph ink annotation on upper margin of first page of the Index, paper loss in borders of twelve leaves with later brown paper repairs, seven affecting text, last leaf torn with paper loss to over a quarter of the leaf, small paint chip in letter "F"; few small holes (mostly in margins) from biopredation, dampstains, light creases, minor soiling, light browning to edges, occasional stains, otherwise in good condition.
    (Illuminated index letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, and Z). From the Anne Calpurnia Morrel Collection.
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    "The Liber Chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493, or Nuremberg Chronicle as it is generally called, is one of the most important German incunables and the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century.

    "The text is a universal history of the Christian world from the beginning of times to the early 1490s, written in Latin by the Nuremberg physician and humanist Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) on commission from the Nuremberg merchants Sebald Schreyer (1446-1520) and Sebastian Kammermeister (1446-1503). Drawn by the author from multiple medieval and Renaissance sources, such as Bede, Vincent of Beauvais, Martin of Tropau, Flavius Blondus, Bartolomeo Platina and Philippus de Bergamo (Iacopo Filippo Foresta), the Chronicle also incorporates geographical and historical information on European countries and towns. The narrative is divided into 11 parts, the so-called world ages, and is profusely illustrated by images of biblical and historical events, and topographical views of towns and countries in Europe and the Middle East, including Jerusalem (and its destruction) and Byzantium.

    "Schreyer and Kammermeister commissioned the printing of the Chronicle to the Nuremberg printer Anton Koberger (ca.1440-1513), owner of the largest 15th-century German printing house. The Latin edition was printed in Koberger's shop between May 1492 and October 1493. In the meantime, a German translation was commissioned by the two financiers to Georg Alt (circa 1450-1510), a scribe at Nuremberg treasury, and the German edition was printed alongside the Latin one between January and December 1493. The project was completed on 23 December 1493."

    -"Nuremberg Chronicle: Part of the Treasures of the Library Collection." University of Cambridge. Website: Cambridge Digital Library.  http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/PR-INC-00000-A-00007-00002-00888/1



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