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Publisher: SCHEDEL, H.
Title: Terta etas mundi. Foliu CLI.
Published in: Nuremberg, 12 July 1493
   
Size: 17.3 x 12.0 inches.
44.0 x 30.5 cm.
Colouring:

Coloured.
Condition: Letter press with wood block prints. Size of the sheet : 440x305mm. Dark impression on large sheet. Good condition.
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The Latin text page is illustrated with woodcut blocks including in upper right corner a full-length portrait of Heraclius. The emperor appears as a rather disproportionately drawn figure, the head too large for the body. He wears a mitred crown, and carried orb and scepter. He is clad in a long, simple and unadorned robe.
In lower part the extraordinary phenomenas including a child with two heads.

VERSO : A very fine wood cut (142 x150mm.) of Mohammed who is depicted in turban and flowing robes, seated on his throne in his palace. He is apparently engaged in the act of making a convert, for in his lap he holds a book, probably the Koran, and from which he is announcing some tenet or doctrine to an elderly, richly apparelled individual, who kneels before him, his hands stretched out in an attitude of adoration or prayer.
Immediately to the left of Mohammed stands another man who, with his right hand points to the kneeling figure and at the same time looks at Mohammed, as if introducing the suppliant, or accusing him of some breach of faith. In his left hand he holds a cap, apparently removed from the head of the suppliant.
Behind the latter stands a turbaned military officer, apparently the Lord High Executioner, a short sword in his scabbard, a much larger one held up in his right hand, seemingly ready to execute judgment.

Fine text page from the Nuremberg Chronicle, published the year that Columbus returned to Europe after discovering America. In May of 1493 appeared in the Latin language one of the earliest voluminous books, fully illustrated with 1809 woodcuts printed from 645 woodblocks.
The woodblock cutters were Michael Wohlgemuth, the well-known teacher of Albrecht Dürer, and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff. Wohlgemuth 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
A opportunity to acquire a 15th-century book illustration by named artists.!
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Reference: Morse Library, Beloit College.



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