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date: 01 April 2020

Channey, Jean delocked

  • Samuel F. Pogue
  • , revised by Frank Dobbins


(b Piedmont, c1480; d Avignon, c1539–40). French printer. He began his printing career in Lyons around 1500 as an apprentice to Jacques Arnoullet. On the latter’s death in 1504 or 1505, his widow Michelette du Cayre entrusted the press to Channey, who published a book under his own name in about 1505, using Arnoullet’s type. Assuming that he would have had to be in his mid-20s for such a responsibility, he was probably born about 1480. Another book with his name as printer was published in 1510, using his printer’s mark, a copy of the Aldine anchor and dolphin, for the first time.

Because Arnoullet’s sons were coming of age and were ready to take over their father’s business, Channey petitioned the Avignon town council in late 1512 for permission to establish a printing firm there. In August 1513 the first of many books with the Avignon address appeared in print. Michelette du Cayre followed him to Avignon, where she married him....

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