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or Elsevier, Elzevier

[el-zuh-veer, -ver, -suh-] /ˈɛl zəˌvɪər, -vər, -sə-/
Louis, c1540–1617, Dutch printer: founder of a printing firm at Leyden (1591?) that was operated by his descendants through the 18th century.
a book produced by this printing house.
a style of printing type with firm hairlines and stubby serifs.
of or relating to the Elzevir family or the books it published.
indicating the type originated by this family.
Related forms
Elzevirian, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Brunet as an "Inchruler," 26—his description of an Elzevir Cæsar, ib.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • Elzevir Cæsar, Brunet's measurement of, 26—origin of its rarity, 66.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • No Elzevir p. 110is valuable unless it be clean and large in the margins.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • The Elzevir family became famous on account of its duodecimos.

  • Difficult as the subject of the Elzevir press is, that of the Aldine press is more so.

    Book Collecting John Herbert Slater
  • A complete catalogue of all the publications of the Elzevir presses.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • He had sold an Elzevir to pay for a carriage in which to go thither.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • A person who, if his life depended on it, could not have told an Aldine from an Elzevir.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair
  • I would sooner have old Meg shave me than let her dust an Elzevir!

    The Elect Lady George MacDonald
  • His collection was especially rich in Elzevir editions, and in rare and beautiful books.

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