Auction 71 - The Collection of Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber

Destruction of Jerusalem – Double Incunable Leaf from Hartmann Schedel's "Nuremberg Chronicle", 1493

Opening: $600
Sold for: $1,000
Including buyer's premium
Destruccio Iherosolime [Destruction of Jerusalem], double incunable leaf (f. LXIIII) from Hartmann Schedel's famed "Schedelsche Weltchronik" (also known as "Liber Chronicarum" or "Nuremberg Chronicle"). [Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493]. Latin. One of the first views of Jerusalem ever printed.
A woodcut depicting the destruction of Jerusalem and the First Temple by Babylonian general Nabuzaradan in the year 586 BCE.
On verso, woodcuts depicting King Zedekiah, blinded and led into Babylonian captivity, and the kings and prophets of Judah: Jeconiah, Zerubbabel, Haggai, Malachi and others.
The "Nuremberg Chronicle" comprised a history of the world from creation up to the author's time, based on the Bible and on various other sources. The book, first printed in Anton Koberger's printing house in Nuremberg in 1493, is considered one of the best-documented incunabula. It was one of the first books to integrate illustrations and text and is famous to this day, mainly for its numerous woodcuts. The woodcuts were provided by the workshop of Michael Wolgemut, one of Nuremberg's leading artists at the time (in whose workshop Albrecht Dürer was apprenticed between 1486-9).
Leaf: approx. 42.5X59 cm. Matted (with adhesive tape to upper edge) and framed. Frame: 74X60 cm. Good condition. Small tears along vertical fold line (reinforced with two strips of paper mounted on verso).
Laor 1125.
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