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Is Jan de Printere the Earliest Known European Textile Printer?


Jan de Printere of Antwerp may be the earliest textile printer whose name is documented in Europe. Berjeau, Canticum Canticorum (1860) p. 27 states that "M. Léon de Burbure, however, has recently found, in the archives of Antwerp, another Jan de Printere mentioned four times in deeds bearing the date of 1417, one year before the date engraved on the print in the royal library of Brussels." This reference is repeated by other authorties; however, I have not been able to identify the print to which Berjeau refers.

Carter, History of Printing in China 2nd ed (1955), 198.

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