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Nuremberg Chronicle double sided leaf depicting Lightning Strike, 1493

Nuremberg Chronicle double sided leaf depicting Lightning Strike, 1493

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A double sided leaf from the 'Nuremberg Chronicle' depicting a Lightning Strike Upon Istanbul (1490) and the Fall of a Meteorite in Alsace (1492). Hand-colored woodcut engraving. Published in 1493. Sheet size: 17 inches x 12 inches. Plate 257. The 'Nuremberg Chronicle' is the most famous of Incunabula (pre-1500 book) and was written by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), being published in a Latin version (Liber Chronicarum) in 1493 and then later in the same year in a German language edition. Our leaf is from the original Latin edition. Printed by Anton Koberger, Nuremberg. This leaf is of particular interest as it chronicles a major lightning strike that occurred in Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) on July 12, 1490. The image shows the toppling of a bronze statue of Justinian, with the dome of Hagia Sophia visible to the right. The smaller woodcut in the lower right portrays a meteorite that fell on November 7, 1492, in Alsace. The reverse side of the sheet shows heretics being consumed by fire. Condition is very good with some minor foxing.