- 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)
Hartmann Schedel. Chronicle of the World - 1493 Hardcover – 5 Jul 2013
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
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.
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!
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