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The Engravings of Francis Skaryna in the Biblija Ruska (1517-1519)

Although the name of Francis Skaryna is widely known in Belarus, little was heard of him in western Europe until recent times. Writer, translator, printer, engraver, botanist, philosopher and physician, he lived to achieve high distinction in Central and Eastern Europe at the time of the Renaissance. His proficiency and learning earned him the regard of John King of Denmark, Albert King of Prussia and even Ferdinand Hapsburg, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, each of which he served during his life-time...

...It is curious to note that, despite the considerable interest shown in the work of Skaryna since the beginning of the present century, little attention has been focused on the one activity in which he excelled, and of which he was an undoubted master, that of an engraver...

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