Gerard Rivius

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Gerard Rivius
Years active1592–1625
Notable work
Martin Delrio, Disquistiones Magicae (1599-1600)

Gerard van Rivieren, Latinized Gerardus Rivius (active 1592–1625) was a printer in the Southern Netherlands. He was the publisher of Martin Delrio's famous witchcraft treatise Disquistiones Magicae and was at one time suspected of having printed Corona Regia, a satire on James I of England that caused diplomatic ructions.[1] His printer's mark was a winged horse, and his motto "Totum sic irrigat orbem".[2]


Rivius's earliest work was produced in Liège in 1592, where he continued to work until 1597. In 1598 he was using an Antwerp address, and from 1599 his shop was on the main market square in Leuven.

Rivius married Johanna Bogaers. Of their children Johannes Rivius (1599–1665) became an Augustinian canon and a lecturer at Leuven University, while Petrus Rivius (1607–1666) became a Premonstratensian canon of Tongerlo Abbey.



  1. ^ E.K. Purnell and A.B. Hinds (eds.), Report on the Manuscripts of the Marquess of Downshire, Preserved at Easthampstead Park, Berks, vol. 5 (Historical Manuscripts Commission 75; London, H.M. Stationery Office, 1924), p. 405.
  2. ^ Auguste De Reume, Variétés bibliographiques et littéraires (Brussels, 1848), p. 91
  3. ^ Available on Google Books