Learn about 'Die Schedelsche Weltchronik', one of the earliest printed books and the first depiction of Saint Valentine.
The Nuremberg Chronicle, Schedelsche Weltchronik in German, is a history of the world. The book was written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel and appeared with a German translation by Georg Alt in 1493 in Nuremberg/Germany.
Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) was a German physician, humanist and historian from Nuremberg. Taking advantage of the revolutionary invention by Johannes Gutenberg in 1447, the printing press, he was the first to make use of the new technique for cartography and wrote his version of the history of the world in Latin. He was probably commissioned by Anton Koberger. Koberger, also from Nuremberg, was a goldsmith turned printer and publisher, who established the first printing house in 1470 and transformed it into a prosperous, commercial enterprise. He also happened to be the godfather of Albrecht Duerer.
The Nuremberg Chronicle appeared in 1493 in Latin. A German version by Georg Alt followed quickly a few months later. The book was printed, not hand written and accompanied by lavish, hand coloured illustrations. In fact, the illustrations were the