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date: 17 September 2019

Ratdolt, Erhardlocked

  • Marie Louise Göllner

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(b Augsburg, 1447; d Augsburg, late 1527 or early 1528). German printer. According to his own diary covering the years 1462–1523 (A-Wn 15473), he first went to Venice in 1462, after the death of his father. Returning there in 1474, he began printing with two German partners, Peter Löslein and Bernardus Pictor (whether ‘Pictor’ is a latinized version of the surname, ‘Maler’, or whether it refers to its bearer’s profession of illuminator, remains uncertain). Following the departure of both partners in 1478 or 1479 and after a one-year interim, he resumed business by himself in 1480. In 1485 the diocese of Augsburg commissioned a breviary from Ratdolt, which particularly pleased the bishop; efforts were made to persuade the printer to return to Augsburg, first by Bishop Johann von Werdenberg and, after his death in 1485, by his successor, Friedrich von Hohenzollern. He apparently did so shortly afterwards (his last Venetian publication is dated ...

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