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The Road To Authorship And Publications: Projects, Patronage And The Elzeviers

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The Dutch Republic offered opportunities to an aspiring scholar, and Bernhard Varenius hoped to make the most of them. Varenius' medical disputation on fever, delivered in June 1649, was printed under the title De Febri in Genere. Bonaventura and Abraham Elzevier, the Academic Typographers of Leiden University, printed it as they did most of these short disputations. Gerhard Johannes Vossius, who knew Louis Elzevier very well, because he had been the publisher of all his works since 1645, very likely supported Varenius in his relations with him. Thus Varenius had his foot in the door at both publishing houses, in Leiden through his medical paper, and in Amsterdam. Not only was Louis's business equal to that of Leiden, it was on the point of surpassing it, and so Varenius as a young author could not have found a better publisher.

Keywords:authorship; Bernhard Varenius; Gerhard Johannes Vossius; Louis Elzevier; patronage; scientic publications



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