Johann Froben

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Froben, Johann


Born circa 1460, in Hammelburg, Franco-nia; died Oct. 26, 1527, in Basel. Printer and publisher in Basel.

Born in Germany, Froben became a citizen of Basel in 1490. His work in Basel, a center of humanism, promoted the expansion of printing there. In 1514, Froben became closely associated with Erasmus of Rotterdam, most of whose works he published or republished. Froben published the Greek and Latin classics, works by humanist writers, and Erasmus’ scholarly critical edition of the New Testament (1516), which gave priority to the Greek text. In 1518, Froben republished T. More’s Utopia with the collaboration of More and of Erasmus. Froben’s work was continued by his son, Hieronymus Froben (1501–63), one of whose main publications was G. Agricola’s De re metallica. The publishing house founded by Froben remained in existence until 1587.

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Johann Froben, Printer of Basel: A Biographical Profile and Catalogue of His Editions
Rademaker,, which were first printed in Basel by Johann Froben in September, 1524.
The Paraclesis may well be the shortest writing included in ASD, V-7, but like the Concio de puero Iesu it was also one of the most successful: first printed in Basel by Johann Froben in February, 1516 as a preface to Erasmus' Novum instrumentum, the exhortation went through more than sixty editions and translations before the year 1540.
Johann Froben, the great Basel printer who was Erasmus' chief publisher for much of his life, brought out the first printed ibbur in 1527.
Crousaz begins with a brief survey of Erasmus's contacts with the main printers with whom he worked: Josse Bade in Paris, Aldus Manutius in Venice, Dirk Martens in Louvain, and, above all, Johann Froben and his successors in Basel.
Wootton also bases his translation upon the third edition, which was supervised by Beatus Rhenanus and Erasmus and published in Basel by Erasmus's printer, Johann Froben. The March 1518 edition was accompanied by collections of epigrams by More and Erasmus.
The years 1514-1516 proved especially formative: here, in working with the printer Johann Froben, Erasmus came to understand that printing could be seen and used as a form of rhetoric, serving as a type of delivery (the fifth and final part of rhetoric) that helped take the reader where the author wanted him or her to go.
Like Jerome also, Erasmus wanted to "unite eloquence and piety" (19), and he labored over an edition (with annotations and a Life) of Jerome's letters, which include treatises, commentaries, etc., and occupy four volumes of the nine volume Opera omnia of Jerome that was published by Johann Froben in 1516.
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