Froschauer, Christoph (d. 1564)

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Christoph Froschauer: renowned publisher of Zürich, Switzerland, born in Neuburg near Oettingen (Bavaria), acquired Zürich citizenship Nov. 9, 1519, as a gift "for his art." His earliest dated books bear the date 1521. He early attached himself to the Reformation; in 1522 he was one of the chief transgressors against the fasting laws. He published principally writings of Zwingli, Bullinger, Leo Jud, Rudolph Gwalter, Theodor Bibliander, Conrad Pellican. He won great renown for his numerous beautifully executed Bibles. "What Lufft was in Wittenberg, Froschauer was in Zürich." Most of the Bernese Reformation writings were also printed by him, since there was no printer in Bern until 1537.

Froschauer had no children. He therefore took his brother Eustachius and his nephews Eustachius and Christoph into the business, which he enlarged in 1532 by the purchase of a paper mill. He died 1 April 1564. His nephew Christoph took over the printing business, Eustachius the paper mill. Christoph Froschauer II likewise had no children. After his death, 2 February 1585, the heirs carried on the business until 1590 and labeled their products "Gedruckt in der Froschow."


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Author(s) Adolf Fluri
Date Published 1953

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