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An Extremely Early, Evocative View of Venice
In Scarce, Superb Original Color
SCHEDEL, H. [Nuremberg, 1493]
14 x 21 inches.
Rich original color; usual threadhole mends, else excellent condition.
One of the first printed views of Venice in an excellent example. This well-executed, double-page view captures the singular beauty of the city on the lagoon. The work is generally accurate, save for the mountains looming too closely; it was adapted from the superb Breydenbach view (1486), which was based on firsthand observation. Also, Hartmann Schedel, the Nuremberg physician who authored the Nuremberg Chronicle in which this view appeared, was educated in Italy and thus had personal familiarity with many of its cities. The Nuremberg Chronicle, in which this work was published, was a chronological history of the world that was also one of the greatest illustrated books of early printing, having been the first book to contain a large complement of city views. On the verso of this work are a view of Padua and portraits of Homer, Aeneas, Anchises and other classical figures, all also beautifully colored.