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1496 ca1572
a well-known Antwerp printer. From 1533, Gillis Coppens van Diest was a member of the Antwerp Saint Luke Guild for artists and art craftsmen and worked in the Scheldt City as Boeckprintere . He is among the most important book printers of Antwerp at the time of Christoffel Plantin's entrance around 1552. Between about 1539 and 1573 he produces many books on many subjects and in different languages. Gillis-senior would have cooperated with Plantin in case, but the exact nature of this collaboration remains unclear. Gillis Coppens van Diest, as a printer and publisher, has been intensively involved with the Abraham Ortelius ' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum ; he produced the successful card collection from 1570 to 1573. Later on, the production was in the hands of Plantijn. Gillis' son Marcus Antonius Gillis worked as a proofreader and translator, probably in his father's workshop.
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