Chronicle of the Holy City of Cologne

Chronicle of the Holy City of Cologne Facsimile Edition

Cologne (Germany) — 1499

One of the most important works of the Late Middle Ages: the first comprehensive history of the city of Cologne, spanning all of history from Creation to the end of the 15th century and illustrated by 368 woodcuts

  1. Johann Koelhoff the Younger (d. 1502) was a grocer turned printer during the late incunabula period

  2. The chronicle that bears his name but was written by an anonymous author was published on 23 August 1499

  3. It was banned only three months later because of its harsh criticisms of secular and religious leaders

Chronicle of the Holy City of Cologne

Inc.d. 77 Erzbischöfliche Diözesan- und Dombibliothek Köln (Cologne, Germany)
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Chronicle of the Holy City of Cologne

Johann Koelhoff the Younger was a grocer turned printer during the late incunabula period. The most important work he published also bears his name, the Koelhoff Chronicle, which originally had the Low German title Die Cronica van der hilliger Stat van Coellen or “The Chronicle of the Holy City of Cologne”. Written by an unknown author, this annal is illustrated with 368 woodcuts in a manner similar to Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle. Published on August 23rd, 1499, in an edition of about 250 copies, it was banned only three months later because of the harsh criticism levelled by the anonymous author at both secular and religious leaders. It is the first comprehensive history of the city of Cologne, spanning all of history from Creation to the end of the 15th century and is considered to be one most important and compact universal historical works of the Late Middle Ages. The information it contains about the city from the middle of the 15th century onwards is reasonably reliable. Although most of the originals of this incunabulum are incomplete and many were poorly colored, one complete and uncolored copy has survived and served as the template of this fine facsimile edition.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Chronik von der heiligen Stadt Köln
Koehlhoffsche Chronik
Kölnische Chronik
Size / Format
736 pages / 31.0 x 21.0 cm
Origin
Germany
Date
1499
Language
Illustrations
Numerous black and white illustrations
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#1 Cronica van der hilliger Stat Coellen (Normalausgabe)

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