Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Worlds of Learning: The Library and World Chronicle of the Nuremberg Physician Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Worlds of Learning: The Library and World Chronicle of the Nuremberg Physician Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

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Worlds of Learning: The Library and World Chronicle of the Nuremberg Physician Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514). Edited by Bettina Wagner for the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek; translated by Diane Booton and others (Munich: Ahitera. 2015. Pp. 168. euro22,90. ISBN 978-3-86906-757-5.)

The World Chronicle of the German physician and humanist Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), first printed in 1493, was a huge success in the publishing world. Its major allure lay in the illustrations: more than 1800 woodcuts depicted biblical and historical events as well as views of towns. Since the book was so costly, copies of it were also jealously preserved by their successive owners. This resulted in a particularly high "survival rate" and explains why 1300 copies of the Latin edition and 400 of the German edition are still extant in public and private libraries around the world. An exhibition at the Bavarian State Library in Munich marked the 500th anniversary of the death of the Chronicle's author, seeking to shed light on Schedel's biography and presenting his private library that he used to compile his World Chronicle. The organizers arranged the exhibits chronologically along the course of Schedel's life, showing, for example, books he read as a student in Padua, texts he used to expand his knowledge as a physician in Germany, and many examples of his wide-ranging curiosity as a collector. His interests ranged from classical literature, philosophy, history, and geography to medicine, law, and theology. …

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