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date: 06 December 2019

Bellère, Jeanlocked

  • Susan Bain


(b Liège, 1526; d Antwerp, Oct 15, 1595). Flemish publisher, printer and editor. In 1553, the year of his marriage, he became a citizen of Antwerp and received a licence to print; he was elected a member of the Guild of St Luke in 1559. His first book was published there in 1555. One of the most important figures of his time, he published a wide variety of books, including classics, literature, history, science, Spanish books and French translations from Latin, Italian and Portuguese. He journeyed regularly to Frankfurt and had business dealings with a wide circle of printers and humanists, including Plantin.

From 1570 he collaborated with Pierre Phalèse family (i) and together they issued some 50 volumes, both vocal and instrumental. During this association, Phalèse also issued some music alone, although Bellère is not known to have done so, nor to have owned music type. When Pierre Phalèse (i) died, Bellère worked extensively with his son, Pierre Phalèse (ii) for over 20 years. After Bellère’s death, his widow Elisabeth published two volumes jointly with Pierre Phalèse (ii), in ...

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