Mercurius Gallobelgicus

The Mercurius Gallobelgicus was an early printed periodical,[1] published semi-annually,[2] and written in Latin. It first appeared in 1592 in Cologne, Germany, compiled by the Dutch Catholic refugee Michael ab Isselt, under the pseudonym "D. M. Jansonius".[3] It was distributed widely, even finding its way to readers in England.[4]

After Isselt's death, rival continuations were printed in Cologne and Frankfurt. The Frankfurt Mercurii Gallobelgici succenturiati was compiled by Gotthard Arthusius from 1603 to 1626, then briefly by Georg Beatus, and from 1628 by Johann Philipp Abelin.[5] The Cologne continuation, under the title Annalium Mercurio Gallobelgico succenturiatorum, was the work of Gaspar Ens. It was last published in 1635.[6]

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  1. ^ Winston, Brian (2005). Messages. New York: Routledge. p. 41. ISBN 0-415-23222-8.
  2. ^ Shaaber, M. A. (1932). "The History of the First English Newspaper". Studies in Philology. 29 (4): 551–587. JSTOR 4172183.
  3. ^ Samuel De Wind, Bibliotheek der Nederlandsche geschiedschrijvers (Middelburg, Gebroeders Abrahams, 1835), p. 216.
  4. ^ Joad Raymond, Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 128-129.
  5. ^ Ernst Kelchner, Arthusius, Gothard, Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, vol. 1 (1875), p. 613.
  6. ^ Martin Conboy (25 May 2004). Journalism: A Critical History. SAGE Publications. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-7619-4100-2. Retrieved 14 April 2020.