Christophe Plantin

[Christophe Plantin] Book-binder and publisher. Born in 1514 near Tours, France; died in 1589 in Antwerp, Holland. In 1555 he opened at Antwerp one of the largest printing-houses in Europe. Appointed royal archi-typographer by Philip II, he printed the Biblia Regia, also the Index Expurgatorius and obtained from Rome the privilege of printing all liturgical works. After the firm ceased to exist in 1867, the printing-house was purchased by Antwerp and converted into the Plantin-Moretus Museum.

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