Full title: Liber cronicarum.
Author/creator: Alt, Georg, approximately 1450-1510, Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528, Koberger, Anton, approximately 1440-1513, Pleydenwurff, Wilhelm, -1494, Wolgemut, Michael, 1434-1519, Schedel, Hartmann, 1440-1514.
Date: [June 4, 1493]..
Call Numbers: MRB/F909/S (Incunabula), RICHARDSON/ INC/ 275, SAFE/ F49/ 1
Record Identifier: 74VvGQWzZxWX
Contents: , CCXCIX ,  leaves : ill. (woodcuts), coats of arms, maps, plans ; 42 cm.
Publishers: [Nuremberg] : [Anthonius Koberger], [June 4, 1493].
Dixson Library copy at SAFE/ F49/ 1 : Supervised access only by appointment through Manager Access & Information.
"... [The Nuremberg Chronicle] is really a compilation by Schedel, whose name appears on fol. 266 in what can be regarded as the 2nd colophon. The illustrations are by Michael Wohlgemuth, a celebrated engraver and the master of Dürer, with the assistance of Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, his stepson. There are more than 1800 pictures and the blocks are repeated, the same being used to represent different persons and things, so that all the illustrations are from only 645 different blocks. On fol. 272 (CCLII) verso is the statement that printing was first invented at Mentz in Germany in 1440. It also contains the 1st published map of Central Europe. It is probably the most famous publication of Koberger, who was one of the most important printers and publishers of the 15th century" -- State Lib. of NSW card catalogue entry.
Colophon, leaf [CCC] verso: "... Ad intuitu[m] autem [et]preces prouidoru[m] ciuiu[m] Sebaldi Schreyer [et] Sebastiani kamermaister hunc librum dominus Anthonius koberger Nuremberge impressit. Adhibitis tame[n] viris mathematicis pingendiq[ue] arte peritissimis. Michaele wolgemut et wilhelmo Pleydenwurff. quaru[m] solerti acuratissimaq[ue] animaduersione tum ciuitatum tum illustrium virorum figure inserte sunt. Consummatu[m] autem duodecima mensis Julij. Anno salutis n[ume]re 1493" [July 12, 1493]
Colophon, leaf CCLXVI recto: "Completo in famosissima Nurembergensi vrbe Operi de hystorijs etatum mundi, ac descriptione vrbium felix imponitur finis. Collectum ... auxilio ... hartma[n]ni Schedel ... anno [Christi]  die quarto mensis Junij' [4 June 1493].
Leaf CCLVIII verso: "... ex Nuremberga x kal'as Junias. Anno ab incarnatione saluatoris [Christi] 1493 [23 May 1493].
The first colophon marks the completion of the work of H. Schedel, George Alt being the author of the final thirty-four leaves of text.
Dixson Library copy at F49/1 has the armorial bookplate of William Dixson. Manuscript note in brown ink, "Meum ... 1747" at foot of title to table of contents. Bound in vellum over pasteboard.
Mitchell Library copy at MRB/F909/S (Incunabula) : Select pages from this item have been digitised as part of the Nelson Meers Foundation Benefaction, 2004.
Mitchell Library copy has George Bennett bookplate and is signed, 'D.S. Mitchell'. Initial capitals are decorated, and initials in table of contents supplied in red.
Rare Books copy: Contains coat of arms of Frederick Perkins, Chipstead Place, Kent. Verso of marbled endpaper inscribed: Nelson Moore Richardson, Montevideo, W. Weymouth, England. Binding is non contemporary brown calf, stamped all over with a diamond pattern, gilt ruling around edges and gilt decoration on border of doublure. For further details of binding, and of pagination irregularites, see card catalogue entry.
Citation / references note:
Brit. Mus. Cat. (XV cent.), II, p. 437 (IC. 7451)
Additional physical form availability note:
Online at the State Library of NSW.
MMS ID: 991012703339702626