Trojan Gundulić

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The Gospel printed at the printing house of Trojan Gundulić in Belgrade, 1552

Trojan Gundulić (Italian: Troiano Gondola; ca. 1500 - ca. 1555) was a merchant and printer from the Republic of Ragusa who is remembered for his participation in the printing of the first book in Belgrade, The Four Gospels ("Četvorojevadjelje").[1]


Trojan was born in the town of Ragusa (modern Dubrovnik, Croatia) into the Gondola family (Gundulić), which was a Ragusan noble family of Italian origins. Gundulić started as a barber in his hometown and remained in this trade after his arrival to Belgrade. He later went into the trade business, which enabled him to finance the printing of books. A large printing shop was established in Gundulić's house after he learned the printing trade from Radiša Dmitrović. Gundulić continued the work on "Četvorojevađelje" started by Radiša Dmitrović, his mentor, who died early. In his turn, Gundulić passed the work to Hieromonk Mardarije of Mrksina Crkva Monastery, an experienced printer.

After the death of Gundulić in Belgrade ca. 1555, 121 printed books were found in his house, including 59 copies of the Gospels.

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  1. ^ Sakcinski, Ivan Kukuljević (1858). Slaovnik umjetnikah jugoslavenskih (in Croatian). Tiskom narode tiskarne Ljudevita Gaja. p. 112.