The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which holds one of the most important incunabula collections in Greece, organized on Saturday 13 April 2019 the colloquium:

One book, six centuries of history.
Editions from the dawn of printing in the libraries of Athens

The colloquium focused on incunabula, books that reached our era from the dawn of printing, the 15th century, as a continuously rising research subject, both internationally and in Greece, using as case studies representative editions from Athenian libraries.

It aimed to present incunable editions, highlighting their importance for the history of printing; to showcase books of special typographic or aesthetic value; to shed light on their fascinating journey in the course of six centuries. At the same time, it aspired to present research programs that record and study incunabula, as well as bring together professionals who specialize in the handling and promotion of this rare material. In collaboration with the Consortium of European Research Libraries, representatives from the 15cBookTrade project of the University of Oxford discussed the project and its implementation in Greece.

Drawing from its rich collection of more than one hundred incunabula, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation complemented the colloquium with an exhibition of selected publications.

The colloquium took place at the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation Historical Library (2nd Merarchias & Aktis Moutsopoulou, 185 35, Piraeus).

Videos from the Colloquium:

1st Session:

2nd Session:

3rd Session:

4th Session:


9:00 – 10:00 Registration

10.00 – 10.30 Greetings

Panel 1 Chair: Dr Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library of the ASCSA

10:30 – 11:00 Understanding and communicating the impact of the printing revolution on European society: our collaborative long-term project.

Cristina Dondi, Professor of Early European Book Heritage, Fellow of Lincoln College, Secretary of the Consortium of European Research Libraries

11:00 – 11:30 My work on incunabula in Greece: 1973-1979.

Dr Dennis Rhodes, former Deputy Keeper, British Library

11:30 – 11:45 My work on incunabula in Greece redux: in the footsteps of Dennis Rhodes (2016 – ongoing).

Dr Geri Della Rocca de Candal, ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford

11:45 – 12:00 «Ελληνική τυπογραφία». Μια πρόταση μερικής ανασημασιοδότησης του όρου, βασισμένη στη μελέτη των αρχετύπων. [‘Greek typography’. Rethinking the term from a technological point of view.]

Yannis Kokkonas, Professor in the Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University


12:00 – 12:30 Discussion – Short coffee break

Panel 2 Chair: Elli Droulia, Director of the Hellenic Parliament Library

12:30 – 12:45 Τα Ερωτήματα του Χρυσολωρά: ένα σπάνιο αρχέτυπο στη βιβλιοθήκη της Βουλής. [Chrysoloras’ Erotemata: a rare incunable in the Library of the Hellenic Parliament.]

Elli Droulia, Director of the Hellenic Parliament Library

12:45 – 13:00 Καταγραφή και μελέτη αρχετύπων της Εθνικής Βιβλιοθήκης της Ελλάδος. Η περίπτωση του ελληνικού Ψαλτηρίου του Άλδου Μανούτιου. [Cataloguing and studying the incunabula of the National Library of Greece. The case of the Greek Psalterium of Aldus Manutius.]

Dr Nikolas Sarris, Book & paper conservator, National Library of Greece
Giorgos Stavratis, Archivist-Librarian, National Library of Greece

13:00 – 13:15 Από την Αναγέννηση στον ελληνικό 18ο αιώνα: αστρονομική παράδοση στην αλδινή έκδοση Scriptores astronomici veteres (1499) της συλλογής Ι.Π.Α./Μ.Ι.Ε.Τ. [From the Renaissance to the Greek 18th Century: astronomical tradition in the aldine edition of Scriptores astronomici veteres (1499) from the collection of the Historical and Palaeographical Archive (National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation).]

Dr Venetia Chatzopoulou, Classicist, Palaeographer, Historical and Palaeographical Archive of the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation

13:15 – 13:30 Τυπογραφικά «κοσμήματα»: μια αρχέτυπη φιλοσοφική έκδοση με χρυσοτυπία στη συλλογή του Ιδρύματος Αικατερίνης Λασκαρίδη. [‘Ornaments’ of print: an incunable philosophical edition with printing in gold in the collection of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.]

Angeliki Papadopoulou, Classicist, Historical Library of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation

13:30 – 13:45 Discussion

13:45 – 15:00 Lunch break

Panel 3 Chair: Dr Philippos Tsimpoglou, Director General of the National Library of Greece

15:00 – 15:15 Thoughts on the Greek Book – video presentation.

Dr Nicolas Barker, Historian of printing and books, former Head of Conservation, British Library

15:15 – 15:30 Διενέξεις τυπογράφων και βιβλιοπωλών στη Βενετία την εποχή των Incunabula, 15ος αι. [Conflicts between printers and booksellers in Venice during the incunabula era (15th c.).]

Agamemnon Tselikas, Classicist, Palaeographer, Head of Historical and Palaeographical Archive of the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation

15:30 – 15:45 Printing Homer in Renaissance Florence. The Dedication Copy BNCF, B.R. 81.

Dr David Speranzi, Librarian at the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, National Central Library in Florence

15:45 – 16:00 Greek Incunabula and Post-Incunabula from the Paul Auerbach Collection in the University of Amsterdam.

Drs Astrid Balsem, Curator of Special Collections, University of Amsterdam Library

16:00 – 16:30 Discussion – Short coffee break

Panel 4

16:30 – 16:45 Σκέψεις και παρατηρήσεις γύρω από ένα αρχέτυπο του 1481. [Thoughts and observations on an incunable of 1481.]

Leonora Navari, Historical Bibliographer

Dr Maria Yiouroukou, Philologist, Palaeographer

Sylvia Ioannou Foundation

16:45 – 17:00 Οι αρχέτυπες εκδόσεις του Bernhard von Breydenbach στη Συλλογή Φινόπουλου-Μουσείο Μπενάκη. [The incunable editions of Bernhard von Breydenbach in the Finopoulos Collection – Benaki Museum.]

Dr Konstantinos Stephanis, Art Historian, Benaki Museum – E. J. Finopoulos Collection

17:00 – 17:15 Genealogiae Ioannis Boccatii: μια ουμανιστική μυθολογική εγκυκλοπαίδεια στη Συλλογή Αρχετύπων της Γενναδείου Βιβλιοθήκης.[Genealogiae Ioannis Boccatii: a humanistic mythological encyclopedia in the Incunabula Collection of the Gennadius Library.]

Irini Solomonidi, Senior Librarian, Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

17:15 Discussion – End of Colloquium

Guided tour at the exhibition of incunabula from the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation Collection