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Hartmann Schedel. Chronicle of the World - 1493 Hardcover – 5 Jul 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 684 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Pck Slp Ha edition (5 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836544490
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836544498
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 6.7 x 30.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 925,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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Stephan Fussel is director of the Institute for Book Sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, and holder of the Gutenberg Chair at the same university. He has published prolifically on the early days of printing, the sale and publication of books between the 18th and 20th centuries, and the future of communications.

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This is truly a book for bibliophiles. A colorful facsimile of a late-medieval history written in Old German. This reproduction is well bound, comes in a solid slipcase and includes a seperate modern softcover appendix (about 100 pages long) that provides an overview of the original text. In very simple terms, this is a book that albeit written in a dead language will still give the reader hours of pleasure all for the price of a round of drinks (here in London). It is a bargain.

If you have a vague interest in the medieval period, love big heavy art books, or enjoy Umberto Eco then this needs to be on your shopping list. Much more than a coffee table ornament. Recommended.
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Amazing book!
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BRILLIANT
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of Taschen's most impressive books 17 Sept. 2013
By Acrophobe - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazon's product description for this book is incomplete. This is a complete cover to cover facsimile of a hand colored edition of the German translation of the Nuremberg chronicle. The book itself has absolutely no notes or translations. It's an extremely accurate reproduction of the very book one would have read in the 16th century. There are no page numbers per se, but Amazon's 600 page count sounds right. however, the Chronicle is packed in a slip case along with an 88 page book of annotations and commentary and an invaluable index pointing out all the notable people and subjects and their folio numbers (as opposed to page numbers).

It's hard to describe the sense of awe I got upon opening and browsing the book. Though I don't know German, I'm tempted to learn it, if only to properly read the book. Every page is packed with text and colored woodcuts, many of which are highly imaginative. I'll be poring over this book for decades. The facsimile quality is superb. The original document is somewhat flawed, as smudges, stains and foxing are seen throughout, but they're all so well reproduced that I had a genuine feeling that I was handling an original copy. Basically all the text is legible, printed as it is in a small Gothic style font.

This is an epic achievement by Taschen, and anyone even vaguely interested in art or history will be endlessly fascinated by it. At the current retail price, this book is a great value and a no brainer purchase.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary treasure at your fingertips. 31 Dec. 2013
By calcium toothpaste - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always wanted a fascimile of Hartman Schedel's Chronicle of the World, a.k.a. Liber Chronicarum. Being one of the oldest printed books, alongside with Gutenberg's Bible, this faithful, page by page copy of the German version (there is a Latin version, but it's harder to shop for) is a great addition to any library. This book summarizes the knowledge of the Middle Ages, functioning as a city guide, Bible companion, history book, atlas, and encyclopedia all blended into one. A translation into English can be found online, so you don't have to know Medieval German to read this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Classic! 13 Feb. 2015
By PHILIP A. STAHL - Published on Amazon.com
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I first saw this book while visiting at the Abbey Library store in St. Gallen, Switzerland last Sept. It was one of the sample texts on sale but also present in its original form in the same ancient library which contains no fewer than 2,100 manuscripts featuring at least 400 that date before the year 1000. This particular ancient facsimile is unique in that it conveys a fascinating insight into the mind of those living in the middle ages. Indeed, it is a 'Chronicle of the World of 1493' with all the misconceptions attendant upon the world perceptions from that era.

I found it enticing reading and it really helps to have the English supplement that accompanies it which makes the old German translations much easier to master.

The only reason I didn't award 5 stars is because the copy I received is 'blotchy' as if photocopied in too dark a mode with excess ink. This makes it somewhat difficult to read. This is evidently a function of the original document it was copied from and there are only a few in the world right now. (The facsimile copy on sale in St. Galen was immaculate by contrast.)

Anyway, never mind, this is a historical document well worth having!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Information Design 30 Dec. 2013
By Cresten - Published on Amazon.com
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The Chronicle of the World is one of the benchmarks in information design and how humans perceive and represent time. Anyone interested in history, information design, or book design would be satisfied with this publication by Taschen. Additionally, illustrators and artists looking for inspiration from bizarre drawings should consult this book as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 13 Feb. 2014
By Theresa Z. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful and high quality reproduction. I am impressed by everything about this book. The stunning color and detail on the pages of this volume blew me away. High quality paper and binding, a lovely slip cover. As others have noted, it's an important piece of history; this volume brings that history right to my fingertips. A lovely purchase.
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