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Luzerner Schilling
Apr 16, '21

The Luzerner Schilling (or Luzernerchronik, Lucerne chronicle) is an illuminated manuscript of 1513, containing the chronicle of the history of the Swiss Confederation written by Diebold Schilling the Younger of Lucerne.

The chronicle is an impressive volume containing 443 colourful full-page miniature illustrations and 237 text pages, which cover the whole history of the Swiss Confederation, but with more space given to events of the previous forty years.

Diebold, through his father and his uncle Diebold Schilling the Elder, came into contact with the art of chronicle book illustration as it had evolved in Alsace under the influence of Burgundy, in works like the Froissart of Louis of Gruuthuse (BnF Fr 2643-6). Both the illustrations and the accompanying narratives are remarkably lively and realistic. Two painters can be distinguished, one keeping in the more traditional gothic style of manuscript illumination - this is believed to be Schilling himself - while the other develops a new, specifically Swiss artistic style that culminates in the works of Niklaus Manuel Deutsch and Hans Holbein the Younger in the mid-16th century.

A reproduction was published in 1932 on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the accession of Lucerne to the Swiss Confederacy, and a full colour facsimile by the Faksimile Verlag of Lucerne in 1981.

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Accessing the Past

On World Book day March 25, 1999 in a Folkestone bookshop situated on the Southern English coast, I discovered the photograph of a long dead Confederate soldier. The book coincidentally opened at the precise page, the name coincidentally was my name and the face coincidentally was my face, it was all far too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence!

Gazing into the looking glass of time I spied a familiar reflection; for I recognised the person in the picture. Incredibly he appeared to be me, me as I was 138 years ago in another time and another place. Then over the next two years with research and the use of emotional memory painting, the whole story unfolded in vivid emotional Technicolor. I had always felt that I did not belong in this time or place, a common feeling that many of us often have. This confusion of identity had reigned supreme in my life for 44 years, but now all that had changed.

With the discovery of the photograph and its associated story nothing in my life would ever be the same again. Suddenly all became clear, I had been right all along, my feelings and emotions had not betrayed me. I realised then, that this odyssey of understanding had begun some 35 years ago, when in the playground as a small 10 old I spied something familiar; the bright pristine images of a long forgotten war that happened then a century ago.

The year was 1964 and the conflict of a hundred years previous was that of the American Civil War. Coincidentally it was exactly 100 years to the day that a Private soldier named Alexander Baillie Kell, was fighting desperately in the ranks of the 5th Georgia Cavalry, as the epic Battle for Atlanta was about to reach its horrifying summer climax. The Civil War was to redefine the destiny of America and with it shape the major events of World history up until the present day. For we are still living with the reverberating aftershocks of the emotional trauma of that titanic conflagration. Little was I to know then that I myself might be one of those reverberating aftershocks, fall out from the bloodiest war in American history.

cards and Confederate money, issued by a company called simply AB&C. The bright red three-penny waxed packets held the promise of two or three cards, some Confederate dollar bills and a flat stick of pink sweet scented bubble gum. Most of my contemporaries avidly collected and traded the money, but for me though, it was the cards that were important, those terrible bloody images held a haunting fascination as if rekindling a long lost forgotten memory that dwelt deep in my psyche.

In mute testament to their power I still have those precious icons, all these years later. In the end I collected two and a half sets of the 88 cards. I read and re-read the Civil War News on the backs of the cards, all the names, events and characters seemed some how very familiar. As 1964 came to a close, interest waned with my contemporaries and I scooped up the surplus dollar bills, often simply swapping them for sweets. I studied and learned the details of the war, the place names, battles and Generals with their many victories and gory defeats.

My attention had been captured, I had gathered the familiar to me and I had unknowingly found the key to my inner being....

1962 Topps Civil War News Trading Cards

Brand: Topps Entertainment

1962 Topps Civil War News takes a bloody and, many would argue, sensationalized look at one of the defining events in American history. The set remains one of the most collected trading card sets of all-time, commanding continued attention on the secondary market.

The 88-card set features highly detailed artwork. It was a collaborative effort that had contributions from several artists, most notably of which was Norman Saunders. The images hold back very little, portraying lots of blood and gore. Controversial even today, it took a similar tone to the equally popular 1938 Gum Inc. Horrors of War release.

1962 Topps Civil War News card fronts are dominated by the detailed painting. A caption is in a white rectangular box at the bottom of the card. Backs are designed like a newspaper, telling the story of the Civil War (or at least one take on it) with detailed write-ups.

Packs also come with a replica piece of Confederate money. There are 17 different bills with denominations ranging from $1 to $1,000. These bills were folded in half to fit inside packs. Therefore they shouldn't be considered damaged for a crease down the middle.

The combination of compelling subject matter, memorable tone and classic artwork have helped make 1962 Topps Civil War News one of the most popular trading card sets ever. Today, singles still move briskly as collectors look to build their sets. Unmarked checklists are particularly rare and command a significant premium over other cards in the set.

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