Fasciculus Temporum,, 1474
File — Box: 5, Folder: 40, item: IN-6
Identifier: Series 2
Scope and Contents note
Fasciculus Temporum, an early outline of history from the creation of the world to about 1480. Werner Rollewinck, a prolific scholar who finished his days in a Carthusian monastery, was the author of this work, which went through several editions. The first of these was printed by Arnold Ther Hoeren in Cologne in 1474, the specimen here shown being from the fifth edition of Erhard Ratdolt, which he brought out in Venice in 1485. All editions, it may be noted, are almost equally scarce. Prominent rulers and events are placed for emphasis in double circles, which are cut from wood, like the illustrations. The latter show a primitive vigour of line which is characteristic of the best xylographers of the period. The artist, as willl be seen, has made a crude attempt at shading, which his successors so soon refined into the delicate treatment of light and shade known as "colour." The small gothic type employed, while lacking in legibility, gives a fine massed effect, which is perhaps the most outstanding feature of all early printed books.
Language of Materials
From the Collection: The materials in this collection are in a number of languages including, but not limited to, Latin, Greek, German, French, English, Arabic, Sanskrit, and Japanese.
Conditions Governing Access
From the Collection: 5 Linear Feet (Approximately 250 items.)