ROLEWINCK, Werner (1425-1502). Fasciculus temporum. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 8 September 1485. 2° (297 x 206mm). Collation: [*8, a-g8, h10]. 74 leaves (8 not numbered, 1-66 numbered), 3 columns in table, 59 lines and foliation, gothic letter, 2 large ornamental initials, 59 woodcuts, one full-page, woodcut diagrams. (Very light, mainly marginal waterstaining, a few small single wormholes, light marginal finger-soiling.) Modern old-style calf by C. McCleish (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: 'Pertence a livraria do Collegio de Coimbra' (17th-century manuscript inscription in Portuguese) – 9-line section concerning Pope Joan crossed out with ink, with manuscript reference to Robert Bellarmine in margin) – occasional old manuscript annotations in margin – Albert Ehrmann (bookplate) – BROXBOURNE COPY (label on rear pastedown, Sotheby’s sale, 9 May 1978, lot 645).
Ratdolt’s fifth and last edition of Rolewinck's chronological history of the world. The chronology follows a double time-line, measuring time from both the Creation and the birth of Christ, demanding a remarkably complex typographical layout. The work was immensely popular, being printed 32 times in the 15th century, including translations into French, German and Dutch. The illustrations show Noah’s Ark, the tower of Babel and contain several town views including Jerusalem, Syracuse, Rome and the Doge’s Palace in Venice. BMC V, 290; Bodleian Library V, R-121; BSB-Ink R-247; Essling 280; Goff R-271; GW 38738; Hain 6935; Sander 6530.