Crespin, Jean a French Reformer, born at Arras, studied law at Lowen and Paris, but, being persecuted for his religious opinions, he fled to Geneva in 1548. Here he established a printing-office, was made a citizen in 1552, and died in 1572. The books issued from his press, which can be recognized by the sign of an anchor, are remarkable for beauty of typography and for correctness. Among his own writings are, Histoire des martyrs persecutes et mis a imort pour la verite de l'evangile (Genesis 1570, fol.; 1619); L'etat de I'glise des tems des apdtres jusqu'en 1560 (1564, and a transl.,
The Estate of the Church [Lond. 1602, 4to]); Bibliotheca studii theologici ex patribus collecta (158l, fol.).