One of the most famous and popular books printed in Germany before 1500, this chronicle tells the story of the world from the creation until shortly before this volume was printed. It is illustrated with almost two thousand woodcuts (some used repeatedly), which made this chronicle extremely famous. Like the magnificent woodcuts in the Schatzbehalter, also on offer at Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books, these illustrations were designed and cut by Dürer’s teacher, the
esteemed Nuremberg painter Michael Wolgemut, and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff. The views of Europe’s most important cities, mostly covering double pages, are particularly impressive. The reader’s delight at such a magnificent and choice work, preserved without loss of leaves, is further enhanced by the fresh, vivid colouring and the contemporary binding.
With its 1809 woodcuts (from 645 blocks), the Nuremberg Chronicle is regarded as the most richly illustrated incunable and the most significant book venture from the time of Albrecht Dürer.