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ALMELOVEEN (Theodor Jansson de). Celebrium Typographorum dissertatio epistolica, In qua De Stephanorum stirpe, indefessis laboribus, varia fortuna atque libris... Ejusdem Epistola de statu suae Typographiae ad Virum Clarissimun J. G. Graevium.1683

Amsterdam: Jansson-Wassbergius, First and only edition, 16mo, [4], 212, [2], 83, [2]pp., including the engraved portrait of Robert Estienne and the final errata leaf, early MS. notations to rear endpapers, eighteenth-century mottled calf, spine gilt with slight wear to head, red morocco label, a nice copy. The first biography of the Estiennes. Its author was the Dutch physician T. Janson van Almeloveen (the "Janson" was added to his name later) who is chiefly remembered for his philological work in editing first-rate editions of the classical physicians, and for bibliographical work. This is not only the first attempt to gather the biographies of the remarkable printers - it is also the first attempt to give a comprehensive list of their publications. The author was aware that his pioneer efforts could only serve as outline, but all in all, he did a remarkable job. His is of course mentioned quite frequently in the preface of Renouard's 'Annales de Estienne', together with Maittaire, who was Estienne's second biographer. The work concludes with an 83 page catalogue of books printed by 10 different members of the Estienne family. Bigmore and Wymam I, p. 5.

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