Urbanus Regius, Dialogus Van De Prekingile Die Christus Den Twee Discipelen Dede, Tot Emaus Gaende Op Den Paesdach Antwerpen?, Niclaes Van Oldenborch, 1538 [NK I789-NAT I, 2 EN 5]
The figure of Niclaes van Oldenborch is shrouded in mystery. Indeed, did he really exist? His dates are obscure - about 1522–57; next to nothing is known about his life. There are a few editions bearing his name - if there were not, we should not even know it. Not a single one gives his address, and most have no date unless it is one that is much too early: some translations of Luther’s works, for example, bear dates which are earlier than those of the original German text! A specialist in the use of pseudonyms and false addresses, it is still not known whether he is to be identified with one or more other printers such as Mattheus Crom, Steven Mierdmans, and so on… One fact is clear: only Protestant books are attributed to him or his printing house. No other printer of the period produced so uniformly Protestant a body of work. By their very nature these books were inclined to be small, thin, and soberly printed, generally inconspicuous, and now they have become extremely rare. A typical example of such a modest piece of printing is this little book by the Lutheran author Urbanus Regius.