Cromberger, Juan, d. 1540

Jacome (or Jacob) Cromberger established his press in Seville in 1500 as well as branches in Lisbon and Evora. In 1525 he proposed that either he or a representative go to the New World. But the option of going himself was not possible as foreigners were prohibited from going to or conducting business with the New World, thus he had to solicit permission by seeking royal approval; in this case Cromberger was invited to establish a press by Bishop Zumarraga and Viceroy Mendoza in New Spain. This permission was granted in 1537, and Juan Cromberger, Jacome’s son, started the operations for Mexico. In June 1539, Juan Pablos signed a contract to serve as typesetter and administrator for “the House of Cromberger” in Mexico. Also in 1539, the House of Cromberger was extended a “privilege” (a monopoly) by the bishops of New Spain and it was seen and approved by the viceroy and Royal Council. Juan Cromberger died in September 1540, but Juan Pablos observed the use of “casa de Cromberger” until at least 1544.

Information abstracted from Medina, José Toribio. Historia de la imprenta en los antiguos dominios españoles de América y Oceanía, tomo 1°. Santiago de Chile: Fondo Histórico y Bibliográfico José Toribio Medina, 1958 (pp 83- 92).