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The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle. by  Adrian Wilson - First Edition - 1976 - from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller (SKU: 123302)

The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle.

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The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle.

by Wilson, Adrian

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4to. Amsterdam: Nico Israel, 1976. 4to, 253 pp. [12] pp of plates, ills (some in color). Grey cloth with pictorial dust-jacket. Fine in a fine dust-jacket with original prospectus laid in. § First edition of the “first work in English on the entire production of an early illustrated printed book, from concept through distribution.” Wykeham quotes from a review by Fredric J. Mosher: " [a] magnificent book. While most of the materials on which [the author's] examination is based have long been known to exist, Wilson is the first to study them all together and write a connected account in English of the history of the Chronicle. In this lavishly illustrated account of what is known about the production of one of the most famous and significant books of the cradle period of printing, a detailed picture is presented of how such a book was produced. The extant contracts, dated 1491, between the publishers (Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermaister), artists (Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff), and the printer (Anton Koberger) show that the artists were required to prepare an exemplar or manuscript-layout volume for each of the two editions (one in Latin, one in German) of this history of the world from the Creation to 1493. These exemplars also exist. Together with other archival documents, including a Final Settlement in 1509, these contracts and exemplars give information available for no other fifteenth- century book that enables the reader of Wilson's account to follow the course of the preparation of what David Bland called . "a landmark in the history of illustration"." Presentation copy inscribed by Adrian Wilson to a private collector with an ALS from Joyce Wilson and a birthday note loosely inserted.


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John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller offers an exceptional selection of rare books and manuscripts from medieval times through the twentieth century; we specialize in illustrated material, particularly the work of William Blake and his circle. Located in downtown San Francisco, we have served an international clientele of private collectors, libraries, and institutions for 35 years. We are actively purchasing books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin remain special interests. We hope you will contact us for any of your book needs: restoration and repair of books and manuscripts; bibliographical information and up-to-date retail and auction prices; informal valuations to formal appraisals of single items or entire collections; auction purchases worldwide (including eBay); and of course, purchases for and sales of your own collections. We guarantee every transaction unconditionally and, as members in good standing of the ABAA, ILAB, and PBFA, we subscribe to the code of ethics endorsed by reputable antiquarian booksellers worldwide.


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