Very little is known about Lucas Brandis, who was a Germany printer and publisher. He studied at the University of Leipzig before living and working in Lubeck. He later moved to Merseberg, where he founded a printing company. Brandis' most famous publication was the Rudimentum Novitorum, a large book written by an anonymous author that was almost certainly a teaching aide for monks. It was very popular and re-issued several times. This book contains a famous world map, Holy Land map, and hundreds of woodblock illustrations of Biblical history and stories.