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Humanist Printers

(7,400 words)

Author(s): White, Paul
¶ The humanist printer has a starring role to play in the story of the Renaissance. An appealing and charismatic figure, the Renaissance ‘scholar-printer’ stands out as an exemplary embodiment of human…

Printing Centres—Geneva: Henri II Estienne, Jean Crespin, and Others

(906 words)

Author(s): White, Paul
¶ Geneva held an insignificant place in the world of printing until the arrival of Calvin. In the incunabular period the city’s printers had been responsible for approximately one hundred editions, a r…

Printing Centres—Estienne Family

(967 words)

Author(s): White, Paul
¶ The Estienne family was a family of scholar-printers, active from the beginning of the sixteenth century until 1664. Henri I Estienne, the first of the dynasty, began printing in 1502 in partnership …

Printing Centres: Strasbourg

(869 words)

Author(s): White, Paul
¶ During the incunabular period, Strasbourg was among the leading producers of printed texts; in northern Europe, only Cologne, Leipzig, Paris and Lyon were more prolific. In the first third of the six…

Printing Centres—Basel: Johannes Frobenius, Johannes Amerbach and Others

(828 words)

Author(s): White, Paul
¶ Basel’s university was founded in 1459 and printing was established in the city around 1470. Learned print culture flourished there, and in the sixteenth century Basel became the pre-eminent internat…

Printing Centres—Paris: Jodocus Badius Ascensius, Robert I Estienne and Others

(1,324 words)

Author(s): White, Paul
¶ Second only to Venice in its output of printed books during the incunabular period, Paris remained in the sixteenth century the most productive print centre in northern Europe, producing a total of a…

Poetic Genres—Heroides

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Author(s): White, Paul
¶ The Epistulae heroidum of Ovid, a collection of fifteen elegiac epistles written in the person of mythological heroines to their absent lovers, and three sets of paired epistles in which heroines reply…