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publisher , translator

Francysk Skaryna is the Belarusian and East-Slavonic publishing pioneer.

The forewords written by Skaryna contained rudimentary elements of the various literary genres which were later developed in Belarusian literature.

Francysk Skaryna’s creative work greatly influenced the culture of both Belarus and Ukraine and promoted the development of book-printing in the Moscow State. Skaryna’s books were largely distributed.

Career

In Prague he published 23 illustrated books of the Bible in the Old Belarusian language.

In 1517 he established a printing press in Prague, where he published his first book entitled The Psalter, in the Old Belarusian language on 6 August 1517.The culmination of his life's work was printing a translation of the Bible in 22 books during 1517 to 1519.In the early 1520s Francysk Skaryna founded a printing house. The Small Travel Guide and The Apostle were printed there.

In the early 1520s Francysk Skaryna moved to Wilno where he founded a printing house. The Small Travel Guide and The Apostle were printed there

Francysk Skaryna’s works are marked by very high print quality, beautiful engravings, distinctive fonts and striking illustrations. The language of the books was simple enough for ordinary people of Rzeczpospolita to be able to read them.

Achievements

  • He laid groundwork for the development of the Belarusian language