The hand-written layout for Hartmann Schedel's Weltchronik, or Chronicle of the World, widely known as the Nuremberg Chronicle, has survived in the municipal library of Nuremberg. The opening pages inform us of the contents and the names of the author and translator (fig. 2), and announce a chronicle of the world divided into six ages, and relating historical events with particular emphasis on a "description of the most famous and renowned" (folio cci.xx verso). In this respect, the Chronicle would appear, at first glance, to follow in the tradition of a conventional structure of human history within the framework of the Bible, in analogy to the six days of creation. In line with the chronology familiar from the Bible, this chronicle, too, is structured as follows (starting on folio VI recto):
- the First Age of the World from the Creation to the Deluge
- the Second Age from the Deluge to the Birth of Abraham
- the Third Age from the Birth of Abraham to the Kingdom of David
- the Fourth Age from the beginning of the Kingdom of David to the Babylonian Captivity
- the Fifth Age from the Babylonian Captivity to the Birth of Christ
- the Sixth (and longest) Age from the Birth of Christ to the present day.