Hans Elsevier (Helschevier), van Leuven

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Hans Elsevier (Helschevier), van Leuven

Also Known As: "Hans", "Jan", "Elschevier", "Elzevir"
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Birthplace: Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium
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Husband of N.N. Elsevier (Helschevier)
Father of Nicolaus Elsevier; Hans Helschevier and Louis Elsevier

Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Hans Elsevier (Helschevier), van Leuven

According to the Wikipedia entry on the publishing house (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Elzevir), the family was "of Moorish origin, having taken as its surname a transliteration of al-Sifr or al-Zifr ("the cypher"), originally a trade-name applied to scribes and accountants in a culture without surnames.

According to the book "First of the Elseviers," by David Davies, Hans Elsevier's family had lived in Louvain / Leuven for generations. Louvain, formerly the center of the Netherlands wool trade, had by the 16th century declined commercially but was famous for its university, a center of humanist letters with 6,000 students and many illustrious professors. Between 1490 and 1520, the future Pope Adrian IV and Erasmus had both studied here. However, Hans, a printer, moved to Antwerp in 1563, when his son Louis was around 18, because the university had passed its zenith, and Antwerp was a stronger center of commerce.

See: LOUIS ELSEVIER.

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Hans Elsevier (Helschevier), van Leuven's Timeline

1506
1506
Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium
1536
1536
1538
1538
Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium
1540
1540
Leuven, Vlaams Gewest, België
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