Thomas Suarez

rare maps of the 15th through 17th centuries

A Fifteenth Century history, with world map, in original color

Rolewink, Werner, Fasciculus temporum. Venice, 28 May 1484. Chancery folio, modern sheep binding. First leaf cut and mounted on 18th century paper. pp (16), (131) leaves numbered to 66. 55 woodcuts (including repeats), diagrams, white-vine initials, rubricated.

$ 27,000.


First printed in 1474 (without a map), this was the first printed history of the world, published two decades before the much better known Nuremberg Chronicle of Schedel.

The world map may be the addition of the printer Erhard Ratdolt, probably drawing on some now-unknown model. It is an individual work among the early “T-O” maps, Palestine forming a distinct region through a semi-circle joining the two segments of the “T”. Numbers indicate the subdivisions into which each of the three continents is subdivided. Tony Campbell speculates that the map might not have been from a single block, but “made up” from separate pieces.

Werner Rolevinck (1425–1502) was a Carthusian monk and historian who wrote about 50 titles. He was born near Laer, Westphalia, the son of a wealthy farmer. In 1447 he entered Cologne Charterhouse, where he later died. His most famous work was his history of the world from Creation to Pope Sixtus IV, the Fasciculus temporum (“Little bundles of time”).