Please join us as we explore the Nuremberg Chronicle

Event Date: 
Oct 10, 2018
Event Location: 
W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections

A new course on campus is opening its doors to the public in an upcoming class featuring one of the library’s newest acquisitions -- a 1493 hand-coloured Nuremberg Chronicle that has found its new home here at Queen's as part of the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection.

You are invited to join Professors Sharday Mosurinjohn and Richard Ascough (Queen’s School of Religion) and their students for a lecture in Religion and Art (RELS 345) on October 10th at 11:30 am in W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections, Douglas Library. The event, and the Nuremberg Chronicle, will be introduced by Principal Daniel Woolf.

In their remarks, Professors Ascough and Mosurinjohn will explore multiple facets of the Nuremberg Chronicle, known as one of the most important and extensively illustrated books of the 15th century.

For 15th century readers it was a chronicon– a history – made of text and image. As an artefact, the book embodies an important story, one of both the fracturing of Europe along socio-political and religious lines and its expansion through trade and exploration – aspects of the globalization we see today.

Yet another story is that of the book itself, which has been around the world and in the hands of many owners and readers in its 500-year lifetime. The Queen’s copy is a stunningly beautiful volume in Latin printed by Anton Koberger on July 12, 1493 and hand-coloured in 1521 by its one time owner Johann Kruyshaar of Lippstadt (1484-1555), better known as Joannes Cincinnius, a Westphalian humanist, author and scholar of considerable significance. It is a large first edition folio containing 1,809 woodcuts, ranging in size from small medallion portraits to large double page maps. Joannes Cincinnius’ marginal notes are found intermittently throughout the text.

Now, residing in a collection that is part of a vast network of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums, this book is not only treasured and protected but available for study as artefact, literature, and visual art.  Indeed, the images of European cities, maps, portraits, and other illustrations, plus the graphic designs and printing, have made this book famous.

The Nuremberg Chronicle was acquired thanks to a generous donation from renowned philanthropist Seymour Schulich. It is one of the recent additions to the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection established by Mr. Schulich and Principal Daniel Woolf in 2016. The Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection combines more than 400 volumes from their personal collections. Mr. Schulich has also provided funds to enable additional acquisitions and exhibits, on site and online, with a goal of building and sharing one of Canada’s finest English rare book collections.

If you plan to attend this lecture, please RSVP.

You can further explore the Nuremberg Chronicle here, and learn more about the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection here.

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