Konrad Bote. Cronecken der Sassen. (The chronicles of Saxony). Mainz: P. Schöffer, 1492. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

Konrad Bote. Cronecken der Sassen. (The chronicles of Saxony). Mainz: P. Schöffer, 1492. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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Konrad Bote. Cronecken der Sassen. (The chronicles of Saxony). Mainz: P. Schöffer, 1492. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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Cronecken der Sassen (The chronicles of Saxony)

Author: Konrad Bote
Ref No: 1492 BOTH
Date Added: 1848
Date Created: 1492

The woodcuts in the Cronecken der Sassen follow the pattern of many early illustrated books in that they are treated as symbolic or representative, and can reappear throughout the book. This battle scene occurs 19 times and some of the "portraits" are repeated even more often. Woodcuts were also used for the bold calligraphic initials.
This history of Saxony in Germany was printed by Peter Schöffer in Mainz, the city where Johann Gutenberg invented printing with moveable type. Schöffer was the son-in-law and business partner of Johann Fust who was Gutenberg’s financial backer.

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