Nuremberg Chronicle Celebration

 

Haverhill, MA – On Saturday, December 7th, the Museum of Printing will host a celebration of the 526th anniversary of the Nuremberg Chronicle. 

Visitors will learn how this unique book came into existence (lectures at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and see a display of individual pages of the original Chronicle and related materials. They can watch an augmented reality clip about the Nuremberg on their own phone.

The Museum is pleased to add this important book to their collection and eager to share its fascinating story and place in printing history. Printing was still in its infancy when the Chronicle was first published in 1493 in the city of Nuremberg, Germany. One of the most densely illustrated and technically advanced works of early printing, it was written as universal history of the world by the Nuremberg medical doctor, humanist, and book collector, Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514).

Latin scholars refer to the book as Liber Chronicarum (Book of Chronicles). English speakers have long referred to it as the Nuremberg Chronicle after the city in which it was published. German speakers refer to it as Die Schedelsche Weltchronik (Schedel’s World History). An it’s also been called The Great Picture Book with over 1800 engraved illustrations.

Pictured are the major events of the Old and New Testaments, episodes in the lives of many saints, portraits of prophets, kings, popes, heroes, human monstrosities, and the great men of all centuries. Some of the most impressive illustrations are cityscapes. Nuremberg is honored with a whole double-page spread (on display) showcasing its fine houses, broad thoroughfares, a double ring of mighty, defensive walls and gravity-defying towers.

The Chronicle is the first book to corroborate the development of printing in Maintz, Germany, home to Johannes Gutenberg, in 1440.

Event: Nuremberg Chronicle Celebration

Where: Museum of Printing, 15 Thornton Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01832

When: Saturday, December 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lectures at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Media Contact: Laurie Hartman, info@museumofprinting.org, 978-578-6143 

Website: museumofprinting.org