Badius, Jodocus

Badius, Jodocus jōdōˈkəs bāˈdēəs [key], 1462–1535, French printer, b. Asche, near Brussels. His original name was Josse Bade, and he is sometimes called for his birthplace Jodocus Badius Ascensius. He taught Greek and edited classics in Lyons before he became a printer, gaining recognition as a scholar and as an author; his writings include a life of Thomas à Kempis. In 1503 he went to Paris where he established the Ascensian press, which printed over 400 books, mainly Greek and Latin texts. His printer's marks are early pictures of a printing press.

See A. F. Johnson, French Sixteenth Century Printing (1928).

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