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Anthonie de Solemne

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Husband of Catelijntje Specs
Father of David de Solemne

Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Anthonie de Solemne

Anthony de Solempne

The first printer in Norwich, Anthony de Solempne was a refugee from Brabant in the Southern Netherlands.

He arrived in 1567 and established his business at the sign of the White Dove,

later the Edinburgh Arms, Dove Street.

Although his productions were mostly in Dutch, Solempne also printed in English and French.

He also traded in wine and is thought to have been one of the wealthiest members of the Stranger community in Norwich



Solemne, Antonius de

Antwerpen, ? - Norwich, ?

Antonius de Solemne (of: de Solempne) was een handelaar afkomstig uit Antwerpen

die uitweek naar Norwich.

Daar schijnt hij de eerste Nederlandse drukker te zijn geweest.

Het aantal werken van zijn pers is beperkt, een overzicht daarvan vindt u onder zijn naam als drukker in de Short Title Catalogue Netherlands.

Hij vestigde zich in Norwich in 1567 en hij verkreeg de 'Freedom of Norwich' in 1570.

Sindsdien stond hij te boek als drukker en handelaar in rijnse wijn.

Het antiquariaat van Samuel Gedge Ltd te Norwich plaatst hem als volgt (cat. VII, nr. 100): '

Though the surviving output attributed to Solempne's press is small, consisting of a handful of books and broadsides in both Dutch and English,

he is a significant figure on account of his immigrant status

and the apparent freedom he enjoyed in printing with little interference from the Stationers' Company

at a time when English printing was heavily regulated'.

David Stoker, 'Anthony de Solempne: attributions to his press', The Library, Sixth Series, vol. 3, no. 1, March 1981, pp. 17-32.

The first printers in Norwich from 1567 : Anthony de Solempne, Albert Christiaensz & Joannes Paetz / by William K. Sessions & David Stoker. - York : Jackson Morley Sessions, 1987. - 106 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. - ([Greenback series ; no. 8]). Omslagtitel. - Rugtitel: Norwich printers from 1567. ISBN 1-85072-025-8 Plaatsingscode UB Leiden: DOUSA 45 5430


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Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom