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Nuremberg Chronicle Celebration

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am

The Museum is pleased to add this important book to our collection and eager to share it’s fascinating story and place in printing history. Learn how the Nuremberg Chronicle came into existence. Lectures at 11am and 1 pm. See a display of individual pages of the original Chronicle, a vertical mounted leaf allowing viewing from both sides, bound reprints of the volume in black and white and color, and an augmented reality clip about the Chronicle on your own phone. Receive a free copy of the Museum’s newsletter with full-page reproductions of many Nuremberg Chronicle pages. Light refreshments will be served. Printing was still in its infancy when the Chronicle was first published in 1493 in the city of Nuremberg, Germany. One of the most densely illustrated and technically advanced works of early printing, it was written as a universal history of theworld by the Nuremberg medical doctor, humanist, and book collector, Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514). Latin scholars refer to this book as Liber Chronicarum (Book of Chronicles). English speakers have long referred to itas the Nuremberg Chronicle after the city in which it was published. German speakers refer to it as Die Schedelsche Weltchronik (Schedel’s World History); and it has also been called The Great Picture Book with over 1800 engraved illustrations. Pictured are the major events of the Old and New Testaments, episodes in the lives of many saints, portraits of prophets, kings, popes, heroes, human monstrosities and the great men ofall centuries. Some of the most impressive illustrations are cityscapes.Nuremberg is honored with a whole double-page spread (on display). The Chronicle is the first book to corroborate the development of printing in Maintz, Germany, home to Johannes Gutenberg, in 1440. This page is also ondisplay.

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December 7, 2019
10:00 am