Selections from a captivating history of timelines—from time circles to time dragons, to a history of the world drawn on a single piece of paper.

All images are from Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline, by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton.

Published by Princeton Architectural Press.


Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. He is the author of three books, including his latest novel The Last Kid Left (NPR’s Best Books of 2017). His articles and essays appear in a variety of magazines, including GQ, Travel + Leisure and The Paris Review, and he’s written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. More information can be found at his website. More by Rosecrans Baldwin