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Rolewinck Werner

Published by Utrecht Johann Veldener 14 February 1480, 1480
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UNIQUE HAND-COLOURED COPY of this, the First Dutch edition of Rolewinck's great 15th century Encyclopedia of History. With fine hand-colouring to the more then 30 impressive woodcuts as well as numerous hand-coloured diagrams, coats of arms, etc. Two leaves within broad ornate hand-coloured boarders, opening leaf and colophon leaf also hand-coloured with decorative borders, rubricating all throughout in red and blue. Folio, in contemporary diced calf covered boards, the corners with brass pieces on the board edges, leather straps with brass clasps. 388 ff. leaves A unique hand-coloured copy in excellent state of preservation, the text quite fresh with only occasional and very minor marginal old flaws from use, some with neat repair, a very few leaves with repaired flaws affecting a few lines of text, some old mellowing or staining throughout, all quite minor. Occasional antique and neat manuscript notations as one would expect with a book of this scholarly importance. Werner Rolevinck's Fasciculus Temporum - the first history of the world. The Fasciculus Temporum was first printed in Cologne in 1474. It passed through more than thirty editions in its author's lifetime, and was apparently an indispensable work of reference until after 1532, when it was superseded by others more up-to-date. It was translated into Flemish, German, and French, and an edition appeared in Seville in 1480. THIS FIRST EDITION IN DUTCH has extensive supplements oriented to a Dutch public, relating to the history of the dukes of Brabant, bishops of Utrecht, and counts of Holland, Zeeland and Hainaut, as well as the kings of France and England. Veldener had already printed a Latin edition of the Fasciculus Temporum, the first printed chronological history of the world, at Louvain in 1475. For that edition he reprinted Hoernen's first edition of 1474, adding one further woodcut and bringing the chronicle up to date with an entry for 19 December 1475, only ten days before printing was completed. For his Dutch-language edition Veldener worked from a manuscript; its translator remains anonymous. Twelve woodcuts, strongly based on cuts in the Rudimentum novitiorum (Lübeck 1475), and the set of coats-of-arms are original to the Utrecht edition; they are the work of the "Utrecht woodcutter" Werner Rolevinck was a German monk and historian who created over 50 titles during his lifetime, with the Fasciculus Temporum standing as his most triumphant work. As if an entire history of the world wasn't a big enough feat in the 15th century, Rolevinck created the book with dual parallel timelines, one running from creation, the other from the birth of Jesus Christ. The work was an instant hit upon its release. It also stands as only the second book ever published by any living author, with only Robertus Valturius' 1472 work, De re militaria, published earlier. Bookseller Inventory # 25116

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Title: FASCICULUS TEMPORUM [Text in Dutch]

Publisher: Utrecht Johann Veldener 14 February 1480

Publication Date: 1480

Binding: Hardcover

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