Etienne Dolet

. This author, bookseller, printer, and publisher was born at Orleans in 1509, and died in Paris in 1546. A “martyr of the Renaissance,” he was compelled for his heresy to carry a bundle of his publications to the market-place, where he and his books were burned together. Dolet was the author of twenty-four separate works. At the stake he uttered the line, Non dolet ipse Dolet, sed pia turba dolet (It is not Dolet who grieves, but a pious crowd). Dolet established his press at Lyons, and printed his first book in 1538.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 7.




The Printers’ Devil

The decree of the Star Chamber

The first book produced in England

Early Printing



The first newspaper in England


Etienne Dolet



The first cylinder printing-machine

The first steam printing

Capitals and leads

About the Letters J and W

The Scriptures were first written on skins

The first iron printing-press


Gothic Letters