Perhaps the most elaborately illustrated book of the 15th century, The Nuremberg Chronicle ranks with the Gutenberg Bible in terms of its magnificent craftsmanship and unsurpassed excellence of design. A rich selection of plates from this 1493 history of the world, long a treasured favorite of collectors, is now available in this inexpensive edition. This volume lovingly preserves the full grandeur of the original woodcuts, designed by the celebrated artists Michael Wolgemut and Wilheim Pleydenwurff. Some scholars believe that since Albrecht Dürer was Wolgemut's student at the time of the book's production, it is possible that he too contributed to the illustrations of the Chronicle. The plates shown here depict 91 locales as they appeared in 15th century Athens, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Jerusalem, Venice, Prague, Munich, Nuremberg, Florence, and many more. Included are 51 city views, 26 of them double-page spreads, each one exhibiting a new mastery of perspective — as this book embodies a stage in the evolution of art from the naïve to its more conscious form. An additional 143 miscellaneous illustrations of figures and decorative objects round out this volume, all of whose cuts emanated from the celebrated printing presses of Anton Koberger.
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so... i actually don't own this book yet... but i will be buying it soon for sure. though i thought it necessary to review it more positively... because if one were searching for medeival woodcuts as i had, and came across'd this book, they might overlook it immediately after seeing a 1 out of 5 star ranking. when browsing amazon you don't immediately see if its 1 bad review or 100 that warrant the star rating... upon further inspection i saw this review said the images look great, this lady was just angry that she couldnt scan the images easily since dover decided to show spreads.. but honestly, how else is one supposed to look at super long horizontal landscapes unless the book was ridiculously large. and even if that were the case, it costs a lot more on press to go that wide, so the basic idea of cheap images that dover always supplies would be negated.... its a piss poor reason to review a book negatively and i had to counter-act it. so for anyone who is reading this... i don't...
I agree wholeheartedly with T. Huff against the first reviewer. I am going to buy this book, knowing what to expect from it at the very good price offered. How silly to do down a book because it doesn't fit a very specific purpose you want to use it for.
"This book is rubbish because it's no good for using as a chopping board for onions..."
"This book is rubbish because it fell apart after only one week of using it to kill mosquitos..."
I usually expect better from a Dover Clipart book. While the pics are crisp and well done It is nearly impossible to scan the city views as they cover two pages. You would need to carefully take the book apart and scan each page, then photoshop them back together again for a whole print.
All in all I expect Dover will come out with a CD of this and charge us again for the work, but by then I will have re-glued my book back together and gotten my worth out of it.
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