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Antoine Vérard

Antoine Vérard was a French publisher and bookseller active in Paris, 1485–1512. He was the first to publish a Book of Hours in France in 1485, printed by Jean du Pré. A single copy has survived – now held at The Morgan Library and Museum, New York. A page from one of Vérard’s deluxe editions, […]

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Aretino, Pietro

Pietro Aretino: (1492[3] – 1556) was an Italian author, playwright, poet and satirist. Author of Sonetti lussuriosi (1527), sixteen erotically explicit sonnets written to accompany Marcantonio Raimondi’s engravings of Giulio Romano’s drawings of the sexual positions in I Modi. This book is featuted in the ILT article, From Farting to Fornication. See Wikipedia

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Blado, Antonio

Antonio Blado (1490–1567) was active in Rome as a printer as early as 1516. His printing press was in the immediate vicinity of Campo de ‘Fiori , along Via Mercatoria, formerly the site of the print-shop of Italy’s first documented printers, Konrad Sweynheym and Arnold Pannartz. According to some sources, in 1527 he came into […]

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Dotted print (criblée)

Dotted print / dotted manner / manière criblée / metalcut A traditional technique of the goldsmith long before engraving for printing purposes was developed, criblée was also used to make the earliest metal prints on paper. Criblée was a method of dotting the plate with a hand punch; with punch and hammer; with a serrated, […]

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Ephemera

From the ancient Greek ephemeros, meaning ‘short-lived’, printed ephemera encompasses a broad list of printed items not necessarily intended to last: Broadsides, penny dreadfuls, posters, tickets, playbills, pamphlets, advertisements, magazines, and newspapers, many of which, but not all, are time-sensitive materials, consumed (read) and disposed of, often reused as scrap. On the history of broadsides, […]

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Granjon, Robert

Robert Granjon (1513-90) was a French type designer, punchcutter, and printer. He worked in Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, Antwerp, and Rome. He also introduced the typeface Civilité. Some of the materials used by Granjon, including matrices and punches are preserved in the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp. Wikipedia / Linotype

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Lorenzo Morgiani and Johannes Petri

Lorenzo Morgiani was a prolific printer who began in Florence in 1490 and probably died in the early sixteenth century. He worked in association with a German printer, Johannes Petri of Mainz, who had been active as a printer in Florence since 1472, partly in association with the San Jacopo a Ripoli press. Source: Sotheby’s

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Paganino Paganini

Paganino Paganini (Latin: Paganinus de Paganinis), (c. 1450–1538), was an Italian printer and publisher born in Brescia, working in Venice. He was the first to print of Luca Pacioli’s Summa de arithmetica and De divina proportione. He is also credited with the first printed edition of the Quran in Arabic.* * See Angela Nuovo’s, A […]

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Printing Privileges

In the early days, printing was an especially expensive business. A large investment in the printing equipment itself, the cost of paper, and labor constituted a significant investment that could only be recouped much later on — if at all! Printing privileges (the first in Europe issued in Venice to the printing firm of the […]

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Wechel, Christian

Christian Wechel* (fl. 1522–1554) Originally from Germany but established his business in Paris. The first member of the Wechel printing dynasty, succeeded by his son Andrew who fled France after the massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Day. Christian himself had run into trouble when he published Erasmus’ ‘De eso interdicto carnium’ (1534). – source: British Museum. […]

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