ROLEWINCK, Werner (1425-1502). Fasciculus temporum, [Dutch:] Dat boek dat men hiet Fasciculus temporum. With additions. Utrecht: Johann Veldener, 14 February 1480.
Chancery 2o (269 x 196 mm). Collation: [1-298 306 318 324 33-428 4310] blank, St. John's Gospel (1:1-14) printed around printer's device, 1/2r author's prologue, 1/4v index, text, 25/8v blank, chronicle of France, 28/8v blank, chronicle of England, chronicle of Brabant, chronicle of Utrecht, chronicle of Flanders, chronicle of Holland, chronicle of Gelders, 42/8 blank, chronicle of Cleves, 43/6v bishops and archbishops of Cologne, 43/7r bishops of Liège, 43/7v chronicle of van der Mark and van den Berg, 43/9r colophon, printer's device, 43/9v blank). 338 leaves (of 340, without blank leaves 42/8 and). 38 lines, table in 3 columns. Types: 5:114B = Hellinga type 5A (text); 4:89B = Hellinga type 4 (portions of text in quire 2, a few names within the circles). Four-part woodcut scrolling foliate border on 1/2r and, 15-line ornamental woodcut initial opening preface on 1/2r, 12-line woodcut opening text on, 35 woodcut illustrations printed from 20 blocks, numerous woodcut coats-of-arms, Veldener's device (Juchhoff 55) printed twice, woodcut roundels in chronological diagrams throughout; ALL WOODCUT ILLUSTRATIONS, BORDERS, INITIALS, COATS-OF-ARMS AND ROUNDELS FULLY COLORED BY AN EARLY HAND, in green, pale yellow, orange, blue, green and pale purple wash. 3- and 4-line initial spaces with printed guide-letters, the larger initials (introducing the separate chronicles) in blue with reserved decoration and infill and flourishing in red, smaller initials, paragraph marks, capital strokes and underlines in red. (Woodcut borders on 1/2r and cropped as usual, short tears or repairs to lower blank margins of about 5 leaves, 21/7 torn and repaired, neatly repaired tear to 39/8, the last text leaf [43/9] pasted down [possibly to the final blank?], minor marginal staining to last few leaves.) 18th-century mottled calf over pasteboard, sides panelled with gilt double fillet, compartments of spine gold-tooled with flowering plants, leafy sprays, fleurs-de-lys, outline crescents, and a running dog at bottom, black morocco lettering-piece, edges red-stained, marbled endleaves, about 20 blank leaves at end (extremities rubbed, upper cover almost detached).
Provenance: a few neat 16th-century marginalia (cropped) -- Lalaing: 16th or 17th-century Dutch marginalia in the chronicle of Holland on 37/5r and 39/2v, the first including a reference to the family name Lalaing; neat 17th or 18th-century inscription of the same name within blank armorial shield on 1/2v -- L. J. Perry: signature dated 1807 on flyleaf -- [Lathrop Harper]
FIRST EDITION IN DUTCH of the synoptic world chronicle by the erudite Cologne Carthusian, the most widely used historical reference work of the incunable period. This edition contains extensive supplementary chronicles directed to a Dutch and Flemish readership, including histories of the dukes of Brabant, counts of Holland, Zeeland and Hainaut, bishops of Utrecht, and the kings of France and England. The translator and editor have not been identified. This is the second edition of the work printed by Veldener, who printed a Latin edition in 1475 on his first, Louvain press, based textually on the first edition printed at Cologne in 1474 by ther Hoernen. Eight of the woodcuts of the Dutch edition were first used in the 1475 edition; of the remainder four were copied from the cuts of the Rudimentum novitiorum (Lübeck 1475) and the rest, including the coats-of-arms in the supplementary chronicles, are original to this edition.
A professional typecutter and native of Würzburg, Johann Veldener was an important and until recently unrecognized presence in early Cologne printing; he spent several years casting types for Cologne printers before setting up his own press at Louvain in 1473 or 1474 (cf. HPT, pp. 18-19). During the three years that he spent in Utrecht (1478-81), Veldener concentrated exclusively on vernacular texts, mainly devotional. In 1483 he reappeared at Culemborg, printing three books there before returning to Louvain, where he remained active until 1486 or 1487.
The collation in BMC, describing a final quire of 8 leaves, is incorrect. HC 9646; BMC IV, 12 (IB. 47086-86a); CIBN R-188; Harvard/Walsh 3868-9; IDL 3950; Schreiber 5122a; Goff R-278.