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date: 20 October 2019

Estienne, Robertlocked

(b Paris, 1503; d Geneva, Sept 7, 1559).
  • Laura Suffield


(b Paris, 1503; d Geneva, Sept 7, 1559).

French printer and publisher. After training with his father, the printer and publisher Henri Estienne (?1460–1520), and then with his stepfather, Simon de Colines (fl 1520–48), he checked and proofread the family editions of the Epistles, Apocalypse, Acts and Psalms in 1522–3. Between 1525 and 1530 he produced the Latin Grammar of Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560). In 1526 he produced the works of Terence, which ran to four editions, the last with notes by Erasmus (other early Classical texts produced subsequently include editions of Plautus in 1529 and Virgil in 1532). His first major work was the 1527 Bible, reissued in 1528 and 1532. In 1528 he embarked on a major project: a Thesaurus linguae latinae, the definitive edition of which appeared in 1543. Estienne’s entire output is estimated to have been between 460 and 470 editions, and he printed books for other publishers as well as his own works. From ...

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