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(also Elsevier), a family of Dutch printers and publishers, active from 1581 to 1712, who dominated the European book trade in the 17th century. The Elzevirs were centered in Leiden in the first half of the century and in Amsterdam during the latter half. The founder of the firm was Louis Elzevir (1546[?]–1617). The most outstanding representatives were Bonaventura (1583–1652), Isaac (1596–1651), and Louis the Younger (1604–70).

The Elzevirs published more than 2,200 books, as well as approximately 3,000 dissertations for the University of Leiden. In addition to the works of classical authors, they published works by Rabelais, F. Bacon, Galileo, Pascal, Locke, Moliere, Corneille, and Racine. Especially successful were their editions in 12mo and 24mo. These inexpensive and well-designed volumes included the Petites Républiques, a series of 35 titles, including Russia, or Muscovy, and Also Tataria. The Elzevirs used several colophons, including a solitary man under a tree, a globe, and an eagle. Their publications are called Elzevirs.


Aronov, V. El’zeviry. Moscow, 1975.
Willems, A. Les Elzevier. Brussels, 1880.


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FATHER FIGURE Ray as Elzevir in Moonfleet CLOSE-KNIT With Elaine and daughters Lois and Jaime
Elzevir (Ray Winstone), Grace (Sophie Cookson) and John (Aneurin Barnard) in Moonfleet on Sky One (inset) John Meade Falkner, author of Moonfleet
CLASIFICACION FRANCOIS THIBAUDEAU Antigua o sin Egipcia Romana elzevir Romana didot; remate Trazo: Grosor Trazo: Grosor Trazo: Trazo: uniforme.
Elzevir Gelderbloem, Namport project manager for the expansion project, says the new container handling equipment and quay cranes are of utmost importance to bring the port in line with other larger ports in the SADC region, as well as to create a competitive advantage.
In keeping with author Dan Brown's reputation for using controversial facts and half-truths, it seems that Galileo didn't write a book called "Diagramma Veritatis," but he did write "Discorsi e Dimostrazioni Matematiche," which was published by the House of Elzevir in 1638.
from the Latin of the Elzevir edition of 1633 by Edward Seymour Forster (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968).
El nombre de elzeviriana se debe a la letra trazada por Christophe Van Dyck (1601-1669) por encargo de la familia Elzevir, editores neerlandeses del siglo XVII que se distinguian por sus bellas ediciones.
This collection, the oldest of the National Assembly, was acquired in 1892 and includes valuable editions of famous European printers, including Albe, Elzevir, Estienne, Jenson and Crispin, books dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, works written in Amerindian languages, books of sermons given by Protestant preachers, as well as works written by Chauveau himself.
Angels Heurtebise, Elzevir, Dimanche, Cegeste, After having .
This guide to Aristotle's theory of tragedy was first published in Leiden by the Elzevir press in 1611 as an appendix to the Greek text of the Poetics and Hensius' Latin translation of it.
When John is shipwrecked on Moonfleet Beach, it is this candle which enables John (and Elzevir Block) to realize where they are: 'Had she not promised she would keep that lamp alight to guide all sailors every night till I came back again' (233-4); later Grace asks John, '"Did you not see the light, did you not know there was a friend that waited for you?
Elzevir or ElsevierOf, relating to, or being books or editions, especially of the Greek New Testament and the classics, printed, published, and sold by the Elzevir family at Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, or Leiden from roughly 1587 to 1681.