First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

Bamberg is represented by a large woodcut extending over FOLIO CLXXIV verso and CLXXV recto. From the foreground the river Regnitz, crossed by a single bridge, winds through the city on the right. We are reminded that Bamberg nestles at the foot of a number of hills, among the most prominent of which are the one on the left, occupied by the citadel, and the elevation on the right, known as Michelsburg, with its conspicuous church and the buildings of the old Benedictine abbey founded by the emperor Henry II.

Bamberg is a city of many churches, most of which cannot be identified on this woodcut. Of the ten bridges which cross the Regnitz, we here see only one. The two textual designations, BAMERGA on the left hand of the woodcut, and MONS MONACHORUM (‘Mountain of the Monks’ or ‘Monastery Hill’), on the right, are not clear, unless they were intended to apply to the city as the residence of the Babenberg counts, on the left, and to the old Benedictine monastery located on the elevation at the right, called Michelsburg.