Rolewinck spent more than fifty years of his life in a Carthusian monastery in Cologne. None of the early editions contained a map. It was this same Venice edition by Erhard Ratdolt first published in 1480 which introduced a T-O map. The edition also introduced an imaginary view of ‘Britannia’. The second edition of 1481 also contained a view but printed from a different block. As elsewhere in the book the block was used to illustrate other towns. An early cataloguer remarked ‘off hand I cannot think of an earlier printed book with an English view …’ Although Shirley cites the image of ‘Anglia’ in the ‘Nuremberg Chronicle’ by Hartmann Schedel as the FIRST PRINTED VIEW OF ENGLAND, he does not list this item which is of an earlier date. Cambell (Early Maps) believes that as printer of the T-O map of 1480 and the first illustrated edition of Pomponius Mela in 1482, Ratdolt may indeed have been the mapmaker and therefore also possibly the producer of these views. The text is in 59 lines of Gothic type with red rubrication. The invention of printing is on f.64. Provenance: early marginal annotations. BMC V, 288 (IB. 20536-7); Refer Campbell nos. 91 & 212 & p.221 D11; Goff R 270; Schreiber 5116b; not in Shirley.