Espinosa, Antonio de, d. 1578 (Antonium de Spinosa)

Native of Jaén, Spain, Antonio de Espinosa arrived in Mexico City, for the first time in 1550 under contract to Juan Pablos as type founder and die cutter. He obtained the revocation of Pablos’s exclusive privilege to print that was to have run until 1559.

He introduced the practice of putting a coat of arms in the books he printed (see for example Ledesema’s septem nouæ Legis sacramentis Summarium - 1566) besides his own in the front of his works, following the practices in use in Spain at the time. He is known for the use of other types of engravings as well.

In 1554 Antonio de Espinosa cut and used the first roman and italic types, which by the end of the century replaced Juan Pablos’ old gothic forms.

He died in 1575.

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 100-107) y Zulaica Gárate, Román . Los franciscanos y la imprenta en México en el siglo XVI. México: UNAM, 1991.