1493 Constantinople, Schedel, Incunable Inkunabel, Byzantine Constantine, Biblia

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Seller: oxbridgems (205) 100%, Location: San Juan Capistrano, California, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 132082033562 New photos! Emperor Constantine's Capital of Constantinople, 1493. A very important historical map for scholars and students of the European History, History of Christianity, Byzantine History, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Christian-Muslims relations. Folio 44.5 x 31.2 centimeters (17.5 x 12.28 inches). Original - not a replica. It shows the city of Constantinople, which was founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine around 330 AD because he felt Rome was too corrupt and full of paganism. He wanted to create a new Christian Capitol for his new Christian Empire. Constantinople served as the capital of the Byzantine Empire until it was captured by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. This map was created just 41 years after the fall of Constantinople to Muslim forces and is one of the most sought after maps from the period. It shows the amazing Hagia Sofia and the Church of the Holy Apostles (among other sites), the latter of which the Ottomans tore down and built the Blue Mosque on the site, which now faces the Hagia Sofia (Divine Wisdom). Saint Sofia was turned into a Mosque during the Ottoman Empire but later transformed into a museum. Leaf from the first major History of the World in Europe called the Nuremberg Chronicle edited by Hartmann Schedel and printed by Anton Koberger. Thick paper and beautiful coloration! Will look fantastic when framed and displayed on a wall or in a museum, church, or library. The map/print/view was published in Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Cronicarum) in 1493. The text was written in Latin and then German by Hartmann Schedel, illustrated by Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, and published by the famous printer Anton Koberger. Approximately 1400-1500 Latin editions were published in July 1493 and 700 to 1000 German editions were published in December 1493. However, only 400 Latin and 300 German editions survive to the present. The text in this leaf is written in Latin. This was the first history book that attempted to provide large folio illustrations and maps of the cities, events, and personalities in world history, though almost all of the maps focus on cities in Europe and around the Mediterranean. It contains many large one and two-page folio woodcuts of famous cities such as this depiction of Constantinople, the 1,000 year-old Christian city which defended Europe and Christianity from the advancing Ottoman Turks. The print is on thick paper and has a few lightly soiled/marginal brownish spots at the margins and slight loss of text on top left, but none that affect the view. The print is in very good condition, with strong print and beautiful color. Aside from the above notations, it will look absolutely beautiful when professionally framed. This beautiful map was originally purchased from an art dealer in Germany. This 524 year-old Schedel leaf would be a wonderful acquisition for scholars, clergy, museums, and private collectors interested in the History of Christianity, Medieval Christianity, Byzantine Empire and Christian-Muslim relations. This is an outstanding piece of Medieval art and fantastic value since most 1493 Schedel prints of Constantinople run between $900-$1,500, depending upon the quality. Condition: Beautiful color, strong print, marginal brownish and stained, Condition: Used, City: Constantinople, Country/Region: Constantinople, Year: 1493, Type: Map, Maker: Hartmann Schedel, Original/Reproduction: Original, Date Range: 1400-1499

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