Vincenzo Valgrisi

Vincenzo Valgrisi, also known under his Latinized name as Vicentius Valgrisius (c. 1490), was a French-born printer active primarily in Venice in the 16th-century.

Vincenzo Valgrisi
Vincent Vaugris

c. 1490
Diedafter 1572
Occupationpublisher, printer
Years active1540-1572
Valgrisi's printer's mark. It is composed of a tau cross around which a snake coils and supported by two hands and labelled with his name, Vincent.

Early lifeEdit

Valgrisi was born in Charly near Lyon circa 1490.


During his career, he published approximately 200 works. Most of his work was published in Venice, with a brief period being published in Rome from 1549 to 1551. Valgrisi was in Venice well before 1532.

An act of sale dated December 16, 1532 documents that Valgrisi, along with his father-in-law acquired a bookshop at the sign of The Head of Erasmus where he attests to having lived in Venice for many years.[1] Many of the books published out of this bookshop bear the imprint "Ex Officina Erasmiana".

In 1570, the Roman Inquisition fined him 50 ducats (about 6oz of gold) for selling prohibited books. His storehouse was found to contain 1,150 volumes of prohibited works, including 400 copies of Simolachri, historie e figure de la morte, Valgrisi's imitation of Hans Holbein's Dance of Death.[2]

His edition of Orlando Furioso by Ariosto is noted for two innovations: the start of every canto was preceded by a full page illustration (not a small vignette as was common in his time), and the text was accompanied by maps that followed the movements of the characters.[3]


  1. ^ Angela Nuovo, The Book Trade in the Italian Renaissance, Brill, 2013, pag. 409
  2. ^ Grendler, Paul F. (2015). The Roman Inquisition and the Venetian press, 1540-1605. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 166–168. ISBN 9781400869237. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  3. ^ Charlotte Gandi, Il controllo della stampa a Venezia. Padroni dei libri e dell’informazione, Università Ca' Foscari, pag. 20.


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