Jan I Moretus and the Struggle over the Press

On 22 September 2010 it was exactly 400 years since the death of Jan I Moretus (or Jan Moerentorf) in 1610. This exhibition covered his twenty-year struggle over the press and used original archive records to show how Jan I Moretus held a steady course through stormy waters.

Right-hand man

Master printer and publisher Christophe Plantin wanted his life’s work to be continued after his death by Jan I Moretus, his son-in-law and loyal right-hand man. Jan I Moretus had worked for Plantin since the age of fourteen. However, it was not to happen without a struggle. Jan I Moretus found himself suddenly embroiled in a fierce battle that was waged on several fronts. The other heirs were unwilling to let the lucrative Officina Plantiniana slip from their grasp.
 

Protecting privileges

While Jan I Moretus was making every effort to reach a fair agreement with his brothers-in-law, he also had to defend himself against rival publishers. They hoped to steal the privileges of the ‘Arch-Printer’ Plantin – the exclusive rights to print certain Biblical, liturgical and other texts.

On 22 September 2010 it was exactly 400 years since the death of Jan I Moretus (or Jan Moerentorf) in 1610. This exhibition took an in-depth look at his twenty-year struggle and used original archive records to show how Jan I Moretus held a steady course through stormy waters.
 
16.10.2010 – 16.01.2011
 

 

Museum Plantin-Moretus
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