SCHEDEL OF CONSTANTINOPLE CONSTANTINOPOLIS EXPUGNATIO A TURCHIS
Date: 1493 Nuremberg
Size: 24.2*23 cms
Nice example of Hartmann Schedel's incunable view of Constantinople Schedel's Liber Chronicum, perhaps the single most influential secular illustrated book of the 15th Century and one of the landmark printed works of the 15th Century.
Schedel included two views of Constantinople, including this single page view showing the capture of the city by the Turks in 1453 and a larger double page view. The two are the earliest obtainable views of the City and the only 15th Century views realistically available to collectors
The woodblock cutters were Michael Wolgemut, the well-known teacher of Albrecht Dürer, and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff. Wohlgemut was Albrecht Dürer's tutor between 1486-90 and recent scholarship has shown, Albrecht Dürer may also have collaborated, since some of the cuts bear a remarkably close resemblance to the Apocalypse illustrations.
The printing was carried out under the supervision of the great scholar-printer Anton Koberger, whose printing were famous throughout Europe.
Uncoloured as issued.
Cropped close to print but all printed surface there with space for framing.