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Robert Estienne, Royal Printer
An Historical Study of the elder Stephanus

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521170666


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  • This book was originally published in 1954. Robert Estienne was born in Paris in the early years of the sixteenth century, the son of a successful printer-bookseller. He became a printer himself, and one distinguished not only for the quality of his printing, but also for his scholarship. He was the most outstanding figure of the Parisian booktrade at the moment when that trade was one of the most important agencies of the various intellectual movements which we summarise as 'The Renaissance'. Estienne was not only a classical but also a biblical scholar and editor (he is remembered as much for his editions of the Bible as for the beauty of his Cicero or for his use of the Garamond Greek types). Mrs Armstrong gives a full-length historical study of an important and admirable figure.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521170666
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Translations, transcriptions, names and dates
    Part I. The Merchant-Craftsman:
    1. Origins of the Estienne Press
    2. Robert Estienne's beginnings
    3. Business policy and publicity
    4. Output and sales
    5. Privilege and piracy
    6. Production
    7. Staff and family
    Part II. The Scholar-Publisher:
    8. A scholar in business
    9. The Bible in Latin
    10. From Terence to the Thesaurus linguae latinae
    11. Lexicography: Latin and French
    12. General publishing 1526–1539
    13. General publishing 1539–1550
    14. Relations with Budé and other authors
    Part III. The King's Printer:
    15. Appointment as Printer in Hebrew and Latin
    16. Appointment as Printer in Greek
    17. Greek publishing 1544–1551
    18. The King's Printer and the King's publicists
    19. Estienne at court
    20. The King's Printer: public servant
    Part IV. The King's Printer and the Censors:
    21. Censorship in France: prohibition and expurgation
    22. Francis I and the Louvain condemnation of Estienne
    23. From Francis I to Henry II: Estienne before the Privy Council
    24. From Francis I to Henry II: the Chambre Ardente: the final ban
    25. 'Estienne's party'
    26. Estienne and the Faculty of Theology
    Part V. Geneva:
    27. The move from Paris
    28. Robert and Charles: the transition
    29. 'At the Olive-tree of Robert Estienne':
    30. Estienne and the Council of Geneva 1: privileges and a prosecution
    31. Estienne and the Coucil of Geneva 2: the censorship
    32. Estienne's will and death
    33. Estienne's faith
    A letter from Estienne to Cordier
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Elizabeth Armstrong

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