Hartmann Schedel - Liber chronicarum, 12 July 1493

Hartmann Schedel (Nuremberg, 1440 - 1514, Nuremberg)

Liber chronicarum, 12 July 1493

Printed ink on paper, 49 x 31 cm (19 5/16 x 12 3/16 in.) closed


Object details

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  • Hartmann Schedel (Nuremberg, 1440 - 1514, Nuremberg) - author
  • Sebald Schreyer (active Nuremberg, 1446 - 1520) - publisher
  • Anton Koberger (Nuremberg, about 1445 - 1513, Nuremberg) - printer
  • Michael Wolgemut (Nuremberg, 1434 - 1519, Nuremberg) - engraver
  • Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (Nuremberg, around 1460 - 1494) - engraver
  • Albrecht Dürer (Nuremberg, 1471 - 1528, Nuremberg) - engraver

Object Case

Dante Case



Publication Place


Binding Description

Alum-tawed leather covered boards (possibly 20th century)


1 Vol. (328 leaves) : paper: ill. ; 49 cm. (folio)


Possibly in the collection of the author Gerald Ephraim Hart (1849-1936), Montreal.
Possibly purchased by a Dr. David Hunt from the Hart collection sale from the auctioneers Charles F. Libbie & Co., Boston on 18 April 1890, lot 1776.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the Hunt sale from the auctioneers Charles F. Libbie & Co., Boston for $80 on 20 November 1891, lot 2274.


Inscribed in ink (spine): "C[r]nico / 1493 / X.M.22"
Affixed (front pastedown, center): bookplate of Isabella Stewart Gardner
Affixed (front pastedown, upper center): excerpt from Hunt sale catalogue, lot 2274
Inscribed in ink and crossed through (front pastedown): "N.7.9[?]2 antonius"
Inscribed in ink and crossed through (front pastedown): "E.V.24"
Inscribed in pencil (frontispiece): "2274" [Hart sale lot number; Isabella Stewart Gardner's hand (?)]
Inscribed in pencil (frontispiece): "Hartman[n]o Schedel Nure[m]bergense Hauttone"
Inscribed in ink (f. [IIv]): "Mantua fol. 84"
Inscribed in ink (f. [12r]): "Melchiades Papa natione Apher CXXVI"
Inscribed in ink (prologus, f.I): "3 decemb. 1672"
Inscribed in ink (f. VIIIv): "Forte aves non sunt de genere irration abilum?"
Inscribed (f. XXXVI): names of the Rulers of Troy
Inscribed in ink (f. XXXVIv): "Hector post interfecit..."
Inscribed in red (f. CCVIIIIr): initials [?]
Enclosed: photocopy of typed bibliographic descripton
Enclosed: typed bibliographic description
Enclosed: excerpt from Hunt sale catalogue, lot 2274


Charles F. Libbie & Co. Catalogue of the Library, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Maps and Prints Forming the Collection of Gerald E. Hart, esq., of Montreal (Boston, 15-19 April 1890), p. 175, lot 1776.
Charles F. Libbie and Co. Catalogue of the Entire Private Library Belonging to a Well Known Boston Collector, Forming a Magnificent Collection of Rarities in All Departments of Literature (Boston, 17-21 November 1891), p. 208, lot 2274.
W.A. Copinger. Supplement to Hain's Repertorium Bibiliographicum, Part I (London, 1895), no. 14508.
Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Books from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1906), pp. 50-51, 60-61.
Frederick Richmond Goff. Incunabula in American libraries; a third census of fifteenth-century books recorded in North American collections (New York, 1964), no. S307.
Rebecca Karo. Short-Title Catalogue of Highlights from the Book Collection in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unpublished manuscript. (Boston, 1970s), no. 11.
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, no. M40784, accessed 14 September 2016. http://www.gesamtkatalogderwiegendrucke.de/docs/M40784.htm
British Library. Incunabula Short Title Catalogue, no. is00307000, accessed 14 September 2016. http://istc.bl.uk/search/search.html?operation=record&rsid=552129&q=0#
Peter Schmidt in Jeffrey F. Hamburger et al. Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Newton: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; Cambridge: Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2016), pp. 297-99, no. 235, ill.

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