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Time for the Fasciculus temporum: Time, Text, and Vision in Early Print Culture

Time for the Fasciculus temporum: Time, Text, and Vision in Early Print Culture

Chapter:
(p.173) Chapter Six Time for the Fasciculus temporum: Time, Text, and Vision in Early Print Culture
Source:
The Fullness of Time
Author(s):
Matthew S. Champion
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226514826.003.0007

This chapter is a sustained analysis of Werner Rolewinck’s early print best-seller, the Fasciculus temporum (‘The Bundle of Times’). This innovative genealogical history and chronology of the world lays claim to be the first ever horizontal timeline. What might be seen as a text pushing forwards towards a ‘modern’ sense of the dynamic forward flow of time is instead interpreted as implying and forming a variety of complex temporalities. The work is best understood as part of a push to see time as the medium of devotion, combined with a particularly devout historicizing attitude to the past. Those reading the Fasciculus are imagined as using the text in the process of contemplative ascent to an intuitive vision of time as if from eternity. A number of features of the print layout, as well as woodcuts and added illuminations, participate in this use of precise time measurement in the service of the devotional gaze.

Keywords:   time, devotion, eternity, early print, chronology, timeline, Werner Rolewinck, Fasciculus temporum, reading, vision

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