JOHAN MARTENS Arnold ther Hoernen and his Cologne competitors: of sheets, corrections and variants The Fasciculus Temporum, that special compilation of important events in the history of the world, selected and recorded by the Cologne Carthusian Werner Rolevinck (t425-i5o2), was intended already shortly after comple- tion for a much wider public. At an early stage of their relationship, the well- read monk, aware of the possibilities afforded by the printing press, discus- sed a suitable edition of his brainchild with his near neighbour, the printer Arnold ther Hoernen.' Around 1474 the latter had at his disposal a corpus more or less completed by the compiler himself, with precise instructions for its arrangement,2 making this an 'exemplary book' quickly to be reprinted by others. Whilst Ther Hoernen minutely followed the laid-down pattern using a smaller type than usual, another Cologne printer, Nicolaus G6tz, executed a similar text more coarsely. Despite lacking the author's co-operation he may have pipped Ther Hoernen at the post with this differing chronicle.3 Ther Hoernen nevertheless laid claim to the 'devout Carthusian's' authentic text while the latter - who refused to have his name entered in the colophon - introduced the eight-leaf index with the
Quaerendo – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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