Hieronymus Froben

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Title page from a 1538 edition of Hippocrates with the Froben publishing house logo

Hieronymus Froben (1501–1563) was a famous pioneering printer in Basel and the eldest son of Johann Froben.[1] He was educated at the University of Basel and traveled widely in Europe.

He, his father and his brother-in-law Nicolaus Episcopius were noted for their working friendship with Erasmus and for making Basel an important center of Renaissance printing. Their editions include the first Latin edition of Georgius Agricola's De Re Metallica in 1556,[2] and some of them incorporate artwork by Hans Holbein the Younger. Through his own sons, Ambrosius and Aurelius, the family continued their printing concern through the end of the next century.


  1. ^ Desiderius Erasmus; D F S Thomson; Peter G. Bietenholz (1982). The Correspondence of Erasmus: Letters 842-992 (1518-1519). University of Toronto Press. p. 190. ISBN 9780802055002. 
  2. ^ Georgius Agricola (1950). De Re Metallica, Translated From the First Latin Edition of 1556. 1. Library of Alexandria. ISBN 9781465510921.