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The First Basic Greek Grammar and the First Book Printed in Greek

Circa 1471
Manuel chrysoloras paolo uccello louvre 15th

Portrait, preserved in the Louvre (Inv. 9849) of Manuel Chrysoloras holding a book, drawn in 1408 by Paolo Uccello. 

About 1471 printer Adam de Ambergau of Venice published the first printed edition of Emanuel (Manuel) Chrysoloras's Erotemata in Greek and Latin, in the version edited by Chrysoloras's student, the Greek teacher Guarino da Verona. This was the first basic Greek grammar published in Europe. Because the work bears a Greek title page, and large parts of the text are in Greek, this may also be considered the first book printed in Greek. Ten printed editions of this text were published in the fifteenth century.

ISTC No. ic00492000

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