1493 – H. Schedel – De Regno Polonie
Description: “De Sarmacia regione Europe. De Regno Polonie et eius initio.”
Decorative sheet of a beautiful landscape with a bird’s eye view of Sarmatia and Polish castles, located above an imaginary river that joins the sea. Below, under the symbols of royal power and on the back, a brief history and description of geography and Polish in Latin (listed cities, Kraków, Gdańsk, Malbork). The territory, known as Sarmatia to Greco-Roman ethnographers, corresponds to the western part of greater Scythia ( modern Southern Russia, Ukraine, and the eastern Balkans ). At their greatest reported extent, around 100 BC, these tribes ranged from the Vistula River to the mouth of the Danube and eastward to the Volga, bordering the shores of the Black and Caspian seas as well as the Caucasus to the south. This sheet comes from the Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, printed by Koberger in 1493 in Nuremberg. The Nuremberg Chronicles was the first printed history of the known world with about 2000 woodcuts the most picturesque work of the early time of printing. It became one of the most popular books of the 15th. century. Latin text.
Cartographer: Hartmann Schedel (1440 – 1514)
Sheet size: 46,5 x 31,7 cm
Technique: wood block
Very good condition, strong print on watermarked paper, one small worm hole present.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1493 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!