Johann Zainer was the first printer in Ulm, where he is busy with a first printing in 1473, he further developed the book Jewelry and gave the first German translation of a work by Giovanni Boccaccio, De claris mulieribus out.


Johann Zainer along with Günther Zainer, printer in Augsburg, from Reutlingen, perhaps the two brothers, but almost certainly related. Just as the Augsburg he received his training as a printer in Strasbourg, where in 1465 his marriage with Susanne Zuck value, the daughter of a mason, was entered into the citizen book.

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His early pressure, Pestordnung the Ulm city physician Heinrich Steinhowel, dated from the year 1473rd After an initially successful activity Zainers business went to a few years back, it was probably due to liabilities referred in 1493 to the city, but later returned, printed, even if only slightly, to 1515 and 1523 was mentioned for the last time.


Significant Prints from Johann Zainers Ulmer Offizin are a German chronicle, written by Heinrich Steinhowel, which is considered one of the oldest printed with movable type, time books, and translated into German by the same work, De claris mulieribus of Giovanni Boccaccio: From several Frowen. Another translation Steinhöwels that the fables of Aesop, and Petrarch also came Griselda (1473) from Zainers press. In addition, he printed a number of theological writings, including in 1480 a Bible and in weighing printing method produced Fridolin Vita. Like many of his colleagues also Zainer oriented both to the interests of the clergy as well as those of citizens; not so successful in business.

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In particular, the obligation of the hereafter Boccaccio Master named artist for the majority of the illustrations in the Petrarca, the Boccaccio and the Aesop has Johann Zainer introduced the honor of having the book jewelry further promoted decisively; emphasizing, in contrast to the usual, the contour woodcuts draw the cuts of Boccaccio Master by chiaroscuro effects, dimensionality and plasticity, a style that has been influential since the 1480s for the illustration of early prints and later, for example, Albrecht Dürer perfected.

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