- (Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493).
- broadside, framed (47.75 cm x 34.5 cm)
Price: $300.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 137126
This is a hand-colored leaf from the Liber Chronicarum. The leaft shows only small scattered amounts of foxing and spotting, with the
The first woodcut featured on the CXXXI leaf is Saint Paul of Thebes, or Saint Paul the First Hermit. He is wearing robes with his hands crossing his torso. The text speaks of Paul's recollections of his life, including his upbringing and academia. His undying faith prompted him to relocate to the desert where he lived for the remainder of his life.
The second woodcut featured on the CXXXI leaf is Antonius Abbas, or St. Anthony the Abbot. Illustrated with a flower celk with a saint. He has a hermit staff in his hands. The text identifies him as Antonius ABT. St. Anthony is well-known for his seven writings that he wrote regarding his faith for the emporer Constantine.
The third woodcut featured on the CXXXI leaf is Bishop Saint Hilarius. He has a closed book and a crook in his hands, with a Nimbus atop his head. His noted texts include: 12 books on the Trinity, On the Council, Response to Constantius, Against the Arrian Example of Growing Blasphemy.
The fourth woodcut featured on the CXXXI leaf is Bishop Athanasius of Alexandria; Athanasius EP [ISCOPU] S. A flower celk with a bishop. In his hands a crawling and a book. The text identifies him as Athanasius of Alexandria. The text speaks of Athanasius' severe persecution at the hands of the Arian heretics, as well as his background.
The first woodcut featured on the verso of CXXXI is Pope Felix I. His right hand is raised with index finger up. He is wearing a tiara and has a staff with double cross in his left hand. Pope Felix had a short stint as Pope, before being replaced by Pope Liberius. He was subsiquantly executed shortly thereafter.
The second woodcut featured on the verso of CXXXI is Pope Damasus. The woodcut features a flower celk with a pope. He is wearing a tiara and has a staff with double cross in his hands. The Nimbus to His head tells that the Pope has been holy. The show is part of the sequence pops in the Liber Chronicarum. The text identifies the man as a Damasus I. Having served as Pope for 18 years, Damasus held great prestige and honors throughout the empire, creating many different texts in the process.
The third and final woodcut featured on the verso of CXXXI is Pope Siricius; [SYRICIUS]. He wears a tiara and has a book and a staff with a double cross in his hands. The Nimbus to his head tells that this Pope has been stated. Siricius' writings and reign were important for ecclesiastical discipline.
Hartmann Schedel was a medical doctor, humanist and book collector. He earned a doctorate in medicine in Padua in 1466, then settled in Nuremberg to practice medicine and collect books. According to an inventory done in 1498, Schedel's personal library contained 370 manuscripts and 670 printed books. He compiled this elaborate history of the world from "the first day of creation" to his own time in an effort to correct what he felt was a slight to German history by other chroniclers. He divided his work into the usual six ages of the history of mankind, adding a seventh in which he foretold the coming of the Antichrist, the destruction of the world, and judgment day. The invention of printing is mentioned on verso of leaf CCLII: "born in Germany" in the city near the Rhine [i.e. Mainz]" in the year 1440"; on verso of leaf CCXC is a brief account (not appearing in the subsequent German edition of the same year) of the "Portuguese voyage of discovery along the coast of Africa in 1483 , under the direction of Diego Cam and Martin Behaim of Nuremberg, which has been used as a basis for the unwarranted theory that the expedition reached America" (Sabin). The legacy of the volume rests on its illustrations. "There are 1809 woodcuts printed from 645 different blocks. They picture the major events of the Old and New Testaments, episodes in the lives of many saints, portraits of prophets, kings, popes, heroes, and great men of all centuries, freaks of nature, and panoramic views of cities. Nuremberg artists Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff were responsible for the production of the book" The wood blocks were designed by the two masters and their assistants, including the young Albrecht Dürer, who was apprenticed to Wolgemut at the time. The printing was carried out under the supervision of the great scholar-printer Anton Koberger, whose illustrated books were famous throughout Europe" (Legacies of Genius 5)..