Elzevir

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Elzevir (Bibliog) Applied to books or editions (esp. of the Greek New Testament and the classics) printed and published by the Elzevir family at Amsterdam, Leyden, etc., from about 1592 to 1680; also, applied to a round open type introduced by them. "The Elzevir editions are valued for their neatness, and the elegant small types used."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Elzevir Of or belonging to the Elzevir family of Dutch printers. See below.
    • Elzevir Noting a cut of printing-type. See II., 2.
    • n Elzevir A book printed by one of the Elzevir family.
    • n Elzevir A form of old-style printing-type, with firm hair-lines and stubby serifs, largely used by the Elzevirs of the seventeenth century.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Elzevir el′ze-vir published by the Elzevirs, a celebrated family of printers at Amsterdam, Leyden, and other places in Holland, whose small neat editions were chiefly published between 1592 and 1681: pertaining to the type used in their 12mo and 16mo editions of the Latin classics
    • n Elzevir a special form of printing types
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Usage

In literature:

However, he had never succeeded in loving any woman as much as a tulip bulb, nor any man as much as an Elzevir.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
There were five of these Elzevirs, viz.
"The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac" by Eugene Field
He left me his Elzevirs; he left me also his orphan daughter.
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I had a small Ovid, printed by Elzevir, which fortunately I had put in my pocket as I was going up the ladder of ropes.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
It was much used by the Elzevirs, and by other Dutch printers.
"Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854" by Various
Typographically an excellent piece of work that would have done justice the Elzevirs.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
Within a few months the beautiful editions of the classics of the Elzevirs and the Stephens have been reproduced with wonderful skill.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
The first Woodfall who became eminent was Henry Woodfall, at the "Elzevir's Head" at Temple Bar.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
He has a greater esteem for Aldus and Elzevir, than for Virgil and Horace.
"The Tatler, Volume 3" by Various
Holland had some notable early printers, among them the Elzevirs, who stand in the first rank.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
You had heard that "Elzevirs" were very rare and curious books, and would like to see an Elzevir?
"Far Off Things" by Arthur Machen
The fame of the Elzevir editions rests chiefly on the works issued by this firm.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
London: printed at the Elzevir Press.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3)" by Various
From the press of Abraham and Bonaventure issued the exquisite editions of the classics which have made the name of Elzevir famous.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
It was issued in 1628 by the Leiden Elzevirs, and took fifteen years to complete.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various
With Portrait, Elzevir 8vo.
"A List of Kegan Paul, Trench and Co.'s Publications (1887)" by Anonymous
Get an Elzevir Shakspeare if you can afford no other, but purchase the splendid edition by Richard Grant White, if you can.
"The World's Best Books" by Frank Parsons
For the construction of his critical text Griesbach took as his basis the Elzevir edition.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5" by Various
The Elzevirs were fashionable, much more so than they are now, and accordingly they were valued.
"Book Collecting" by John Herbert Slater
None could with him in anecdotes confer; A perfect annal-book, in Elzevir.
"Curious Epitaphs" by Various
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In poetry:

Your Cheek seems "Ready for the Press";
Your laugh as Clarendon is clear;
There's more distinction in your Dress
Than in the oldest Elzevir.
"The Passionate Printer To His Love" by Henry Austin Dobson