RARE MINIATURE SCHEDEL WORLD MAP
SCHEDEL, HARTMANN / SCHONSPERGER, JOHANN
[untitled world map]
3-7/8” x 5-3/4”. Uncolored woodblock map on a text sheet. Very good condition.
This small woodblock map was the subject of a number of articles in the journal of historical cartography, Imago Mundi, beginning in 1949, At that time an illustration of the map appeared under the heading “An unknown world map,” accompanied by a plea calling for any information that would help identify it.
The following year, a letter to the editor identified the map as a reduced version of Schedel’s world map from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. The issue was taken up again several years later, when Marcel Destombes responded with an article noting that the map was from a reduced edition of the Chronicle, published in Augsberg by Johann Schonsperger in 1496.
Although there were a number of printings, both from Augsberg and Frankfurt, Shirley notes that the miniature “world map is less frequently found than the larger original.”
Shirley, The Mapping of The World, #20; Campbell, The Earliest Printed Maps, p. 154; Imago Mundi V, VI and XI.
Inventory No. 8181