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  • If the visitor does not know beforehand what they are, he is little enlightened on being told that they are "Elzevirs," and the attendant must needs supply the information that the Elzevirs were a family of Dutch printers who flourished during the century that closed with the arrival of

    The Booklover and His Books

  • As the Baskerville classics are the noblest for the library table, so the Elzevirs are the neatest and prettiest for the pocket or the lecture-room.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866

  • In those editions called the Elzevirs, which are so much prized by book collectors, the clearness and legibility of the type result from such a fine proportion of space and line that no other printer has succeeded in imitating it; and there is something similar to this in the construction of Hawthorne's sentences.

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The characteristics of the "Elzevirs" are that they range from about four to about five inches in height, are always narrow, 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 inches in width, and are usually thick, in some cases even 1-1/2 inches.

    The Booklover and His Books

  • The volumes of this dainty series, while larger in all but thickness than the "Elzevirs," yet make their appeal by much the same qualities, compactness and portability, with a suggestion of the Elzevirian plumpness.

    The Booklover and His Books

  • The thinnest of the "Elzevirs" (about three-fourths of an inch thick) lack much of the characteristic quality.

    The Booklover and His Books

  • They seem likely to last as long as the "Elzevirs" or even the "Alduses" have already lasted, and possibly to outlast the fame, though hardly the memory, of the poet who sang them.

    The Booklover and His Books

  • Modern machinery has swept all this old-world mechanism into oblivion; the wooden press which, with all its imperfections, turned out such beautiful work for the Elzevirs, Plantin, Aldus, and Didot is so completely forgotten, that something must be said as to the obsolete gear on which Jerome – Nicolas Sechard set an almost superstitious affection, for it plays a part in this chronicle of great small things.

    Two Poets

  • Elzevirs of Glasgow, dined and drank tea with us at our inn, after which the professors went away; and I, having a letter to write, left my fellow-traveller with Messieurs Foulis.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • Elzevirs, Caxtons — all that has been done in literature from

    The Hand of Ethelberta

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  • "'. . . Do you want me to read aloud to you for ten minutes?'

    'Yes, will you, Ted?'

    'I'm going to read to you in a language you don't understand. All you have to know is that it's serene and beautiful like the printing of the Elzevirs.'

    So I read to him from the Ariosto and he went off like a baby."

    --Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder

    September 5, 2010