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Liber Chronicarum Full Size Facsimile

 

Nuremberg Chronicle Full Size Facsimile

 

The most important integration of text and images of the 15th Century.

The Liber Chronicarum known in English as the Nuremberg Chronicle is an illustrated Biblical paraphrase and world history that follows the story of human history related in the Bible.  It includes the histories of a number of important Western cities. Written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel,  and followed by a version in German translated by Georg Alt, it appeared in 1493. It is one of the best-documented early printed books and one of the first to successfully integrate illustrations and text.

The Chronicle is an illustrated world history, in which the contents are divided into seven ages:

  • First age: from creation to the Deluge
  • Second age: up to the birth of Abraham
  • Third age: up to King David
  • Fourth age: up to the Babylonian captivity
  • Fifth age: up to the birth of Jesus Christ
  • Sixth age: up to the present time (the largest part)
  • Seventh age: outlook on the end of the world and the Last Judgement

Latin scholars refer to it as Liber Chronicarum (Book of Chronicles) as this phrase appears in the index introduction of the Latin edition. English speakers have long referred to it as the Nuremberg Chronicle after the city in which it was published. German speakers refer to it as Die Schedelsche Weltchronik (Schedel's World History) in honour of its author.  From our Translation work and research of the sources used to compile the Chronicle, we know that most of The Chronicle was compiled from other works.  A fairly small percentage of it is actually authored by Hartmann Schedel.  A complete list of primary sources is included with our translation series.

        



 

This Facsimile is created from a privately held complete copy that was once in the collection of Edward Newton, the famous author and Jean Hersholt, the silent film actor.

The digital media that produced this facsimile was obtained at 1200 DPI.  The printing was achieved using the archival EPSON K3 ink system.  The printing process was matched to the paper and tested against the results from offset printing and was found to be superior using the K3ink system.  This system was also stable and did not produce any run when water pigments were added.  This proved to be important in the event that we produce a color copy in the future.  The copy we are offering is black and white as most of the originals would have been. 

This facsimile is printed on Hahnemuhle paper and is completely archival.

Each copy contains 220ml of Matte black ink.

The binding is alum-tawed pigskin.  The boards are beech wood with bronze bosses and clasps.  The tooling motif was selected from a period style binding from Nuremberg. 

Final weight and dimensions are the same as our original copy.

We have limited the production of this facsimile to 100 numbered copies.

 

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