Early printing / incunabula

nuremberg008aNuremberg Chronicle (Goff S307; HC 14508)

The Nuremberg Chronicle, published in 1493, was the most ambitious printing project of the fifteenth century. It is a chronicle history of the known world from the beginning until that time. Its principal editor was Hartmann Schedel, a Nuremberg city doctor. There is strong evidence that many of the illustrations are by Dürer. The Liber Chronicarum consists of over 600 pages, and many more woodcut illustrations, each page about the size of a modern broadsheet.

Over 500 complete copies are known to exist in collections throughout the world. However, this single sheet demonstrates the contemporary fate of many illustrated books: it was bought via eBay for £50 in 2004 from a vendor who had several different pages of this one book to sell.