Ein kurtze beschreibung des wercks der sechs tag von dem geschöpff der werlt die vorrede. Fo.

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Ein kurtze beschreibung des wercks der sechs tag von dem geschöpff der werlt die vorrede. Fo.


Title page from the Schedelschen Weltchronik. The sixth day: God saw everything that he had made: it was very good. It was evening and there was morning: the sixth day. The creation account describes how all living spaces - water, air and earth - are filled with life. All life is well taken care of. Drawn by Michael Wolgemut. Engraved by Wilhelm Pleydenwurff.


ca. 1493


Schedel (1440-1515)

Hartmann Schedel (1440 -1515) settled in Nuremberg 1484. He published the famous Nuremberg Chronicle 1493, Schedel's library has been sold in 1552 to Hans Jacob Fugger. Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle must have been one of the most popular of incunables, judging by the number of surviving copies. Some 800 copies of the Latin edition have been traced and 400 of the German. This is not surprising considering that this compilation of sacred and profaned history was the most elaborate printed book of its time, illustrated with more than 1800 woodcuts. Among these were a number of double-page city views, a folding map of the world and another of northern and central Europe. The text is an amalgam of legend, fancy and tradition interspersed with the occasional scientific fact or authentic piece of modern learning. Hartmann Schedel, a physician of Nuremberg, was the editor-in-chief; the printer was Anton Koberger, and among the designers the most famous were Michael Wolgemut and Hanns Pleydenwurff, masters of the Nuremberg workshop where Albrecht Durer served his apprenticeship. The first edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle in July 1493 was in Latin and there was a reprint with German text in December of the same year. World Map: His Ptolemaic world map with the figures simbolizing the three sons of Noah's: Sem, Ham and Jafet. The world map was included in the Chronicle of the Nuremberg physician, Hartmann Schedel to demonstrate the world after the Deluge. The hundreds of the woodcuts used for printing the illustrations of the famous German work were cut by Wolgemut and Pleydenwurff. The young Albrecht Dürer could contributed to the book as he apprenticed the Nuremberg printers. The panel to the left side, showing the monstrous races, is an illustration of the tales, fables and antique works, first of all Pliny the elder. Note that this panel is the best identification mark of our edition, there was another panel with the map of the 1493 edition.

Historical Description

The Bible knows the ancient oriental idea of a creation through the victory of the divinity over a chaos power. The priestly scripture begins with the six-day work of creation: the separation of light and darkness, the creation of the firmament, the separation of land and sea and the growth of plants on earth, the creation of the heavenly bodies, the creation of the animals of the water and air, the creation of the land animals and the creation of human beings. The rest of God on the seventh day is the goal of the narrative. This is directly followed by the family tree of Noah and the Flood narrative. The creation and flood narratives complement each other. In the beginning, everything was barren and without life. Water covered the land and everywhere was dark. Only God was there and he created heaven and earth. On the first day he said, "Let there be light!". On the second day God said, "Let there be heaven above the earth!". On the third day God commanded, "Let the waters of the earth be gathered together!". On the fourth day God said, "There shall be lights in the sky to distinguish the day and the night. The sun by day, the moon and stars by night.". On the fifth day he said, "Fish shall swim in the water and all kinds of aquatic animals, in the air there shall fly birds!". But on the sixth day, God said, "On the earth there shall also be animals!" On that day God also created man, a man and a woman. But on the seventh day, God rested from his work. He had completed his work of creation.

Place of Publication Nuremberg
Dimensions (cm)38 x 24 cm
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringoriginal colored


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