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Steven Mierdman

Steven Mierdman (c. 1510 Hooge Mierde - 1559 Emden) was among the most important Dutch printers of Reformation books.

Mierdman, also known as Stephen Mierdman, Steven Mierdmans, Stephen Myerdmann, and Steven Mierman, first printed in Antwerp from 1542-c. 1546, becoming a freeman of the city in November 1543. Some time after 1546, to escape proceedings for having printed heretical books, he went to England. In July 1550, Mierdman, who had already taken out letters of denization, was granted a royal licence for five years "to print various books hitherto unprinted" and to "employ printers, English and foreign." While printing in London from 1549-1553, he printed a number of books in Latin, English, French, Italian and Dutch, the majority being Protestant tracts, many of them by members of the Dutch Reformed Church.

On the accession of Queen Mary, Mierdman had to uproot himself once again. He settled in Emden, printing there from 1554-1558. In Emden he met Willem Gailliart, who would take over his printing shop after Mierdman's death in 1559.

The number of books which bear Mierdman's imprint on the title page or colophon are but a small part of his extremely large output; he worked for a number of stationers and printed many books bearing fictitious imprints, such as "Niclaes van Oldenborch."


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  • Pollard, A. W. and Redgrave, G. R., A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland and Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475–1640, 3 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1976–1991)
  • Rouzet, Anne, Dictionnaire des imprimeurs, libraires et éditeurs des XVe et XVIe siècles dans les limites géographiques de la Belgique actuelle (Nieuwkoop: B. de Graaf, 1965)
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  • Heijting, W. ‘Early Reformation Literature from the Printing Shop of Mattheus Crom and Steven Mierdmans’, Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis, 74 (1994), pp 143–161
  • Valkema Blouw, Paul, 'The Van Oldenborch and Vanden Merberghe pseudonyms, or, Why Frans Fraet had to die’, Quaerendo, 22/3, 22/4 (1992), pp. 165–190, 245–72.
  • Wijnman, H. F., 'The mysterious sixteenth-century printer Niclaes van Oldenborch: Antwerp or Emden?', in Studia Bibliographica in Honorem Herman de la Fontaine Verwey (Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1968), pp. 448–478
  • Hofman, Bert, 'Liedekens vol gheestich confoort: een bijdrage tot de kennis van de zestiende-eeuwse Shriftuurlijke lyriek' (Doctoral thesis, Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht, 1993)

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