[WORLD MAP] SCHEDEL, HARTMANN. [World map],
extracted from the Liber Chronicarum. [Nuremberg: A. Koberger, 1493]. Leaves XII and XIII conjoined, 16 1/8 x 21 1/4 inches (41.5 x 56.5 cm), the wood engraved map 12 1/4 x 17 inches (30.5 x 43.5 cm), with a side-panel of seven imaginary inhabitants. Latin text, the reverse with 14 wood engravings of similar imaginary figures. Tape on lower margin at center fold, some infilling and toning at fold (more restorations visible on the verso, upper corner with small marginal losses, some minor staining.
Based upon Ptolemy, and produced the year that Columbus announced his discovery of America, Schedel's map omits Scandinavia, southern Africa and the Far East. The Indian Ocean is depicted as a landlocked sea. Surrounding the map proper are Shem, Japhet and Ham, and the gods of the winds. The separate block on the left of mythical beings is based upon classical and early travellers' accounts. Shirley Mapping of the World No. 19, pl. 25; The World Encompassed No. 44.
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