9 November 2013

The mystery of Benedictus de Spinoza’s unknown printer

For years it remained a mystery who had printed the two most important books penned by seventeenth-century philosopher Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677). Even the most avid attempts by past researchers proved unsuccessful at solving the riddle of the book printer who concealed his identity behind false names and addresses on the books’ title pages. But now, two young students have uncovered his identity by means of typographic research. Today, at a conference on the Radical Enlightenment in Brussels, they revealed that the secret printer of Spinoza’s masterpieces was Amsterdam printer Israël de Paul (1630-1680).