Leonardus Achates

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Leonardus Achates de Basilea, born Leonhard Agtstein in Basel, was a compositor who worked from 1472 to 1491. He is one of the first to introduce the art of printing books in Italy.

In 1472 he published a folio edition of Virgil in Venice. In the same year, he appears in Vicenza where he seems to have lived most of the time. In the meantime however, editions appeared in Padua and St. Ursus[citation needed].


Achates printed books on various subjects, including agriculture, grammar, juristic and theological works. Two of his works are suspected reprints.


  • Otto Mühlbrecht (1875), "Achates, Leonardus", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (in German), vol. 1, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, p. 28