Quasi centrum europae : Europa kauft in Nürnberg 1400-1900 (catalogue of an exhibition held at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg, 20 June-8 October 2002)
Nuremberg, Verlag des Germanisches Nationalmuseum, 2002
(27 cm), 497 (3) pp., 251 colour and 67 black & white illustrations. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - The title of this exhibition refers to a remark by Joannes Regiomontanus, who in 1471 decided to settle in Nuremberg because of its central location and the high quality of its exports - particularly scientific instruments. The exhibition featured examples of both “high art” and “low art” produced in the city from about 1400 to 1800; a section entitled “Wissen aus Nürnberg” focused on the arts of papermaking - the first mill in Germany, operating by 1390, was situated on the bank of the Pegnitz - and book printing (essays by Hermann Maué, “Der Nürnberger Buchdruck: Erste Anfänge und Standortvorteile” and “In Nürnberg gedruckte Bücher”). Among the volumes exhibited was the hand-coloured copy of Hartmann Schedel’s Liber chronicarum (1493) from the Guildhall Library, London (no. 94), in which the date of purchase and price are inscribed on the verso of the title-page; preparatory drawings for the book’s illustrations, as well as proof sheets, were also shown (Eberhard Slenczka, “Die Weltchronik des Hartmann Schedel aus Nürnberg”). Johannes Pommeranz contributed an essay on the purchases made by Ferdinand Columbus from Nuremberg booksellers during his visit in the Winter of 1521/1522. Work by Albrecht Dürer was well represented, particularly with examples that emphasised his influence on contemporary Italian art, some demonstrating the use of his prints in the decorative arts. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.