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Old antique map of the Ptolemaic World by Hartmann Schedel

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Secunda Etas Mundi. - Hartmann Schedel, 1493.

Old map of the Ptolemaic World by Hartmann Schedel.

Date of the first edition: 1493
Date of this map: 1493

Size: 31 x 43.5cm (12.1 x 17 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Stitch holes along the centerfold (as usual), else excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Shirley (World), 19; Clancy, p.63 Map.5.3.

From: Liber Chronicarum. (= Nuremberg Chronicle). Nuremberg, Koberger, 1493.

The Nuremberg Chronicle was one of the most remarkable books of its time. 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 Dürer served his apprenticeship.
This world map is a robust woodcut taken from Ptolemy. The border contains twelve dour windheads while the map is supported in three of its corners by the solemn figures of Ham, Shem and Japhet taken from the Old Testament. What gives the map its present-day interest and attraction are the panels representing the outlandish creatures and beings that were thought to inhabit the furthermost parts of the earth. There are seven such scenes to the left of the map and a further fourteen on its reverse.
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. (Shirley).
Dr. Peter Zahn's accounting indicates that there were probably 1500 Latin and 1000 German copies printed, or 2500 in all.

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