New light on Ludovicus Ravescot The fifteenth-century Louvain printer Ludovicus Ravescot may be called an interesting though somewhat puzzling personage. He was probably a man of modest financial means but gifted with an accomplished professional skill and a fine taste. The production of his press is limited to one broadside and three book-edi- tions, which are illustrated with some exquisite wood-cuts.1 Noteworthy is the title cut of thc Opus Responsivnm Petri de Rivo, which represents the author kneeling before the Virgin and invoking her assistance through the words on the scroll: Assit ad inceptum sancta Maria nieuni. 2 Ludovicus Ravescot matriculated at Louvain in 1468, and twenty years later hc appcars to have set up a printing-press in the university city. The most im- portant figure in the Louvain booktrade at that time was Johannes de West- falia, the former partner of Martens at Alost. John of Westfalia, printer, publisher and bookseller all in one, is known to have kept up commercial relations with a stationer at Oxford.4 John of Westfalia must have had one or more binders working for him, and among them Ludovicus Ravcscot, or, perhaps Johannes Ravescot. There are, in fact, a number of Louvain
Quaerendo – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1971
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