The Rudimentum Novitorum
is in a book printed in 1475 by the Magister Lucas Brandis de Schass
in Lübeck. According to a colophon in the book it was published “with
the aid of the art of printing newly invented by the special grace of
God to the redemption of the faithful”…”to serve as a manual to
students, and to dispense the poorer of them with the necessity for
buying other books.”
circular map of the world was produced as a woodblock by an anonymous
cartographer. It is 38.2 centimeters in diameter. It is the second
printed map in Europe. (The first was also a T-O map in the dictionary
of St. Isidore of Seville printed in 1472 in Augsburg.) The map is in the familiar T-O format with Asia
at the top, Europe at the lower left, and Africa in the lower right.
Countries are identified by their frequently familiar names in the
appropriate part of the map.
The stamp was issued in 1990, one of the last issues
from the German Democratic Republic. It is part of a set of four
stamps illustrating treasures in German libraries.