The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation organizes the conference “Incunabula in Greek libraries:  Recording, documentation, historical context”, on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March 2023, at the Foundation’s Historical Library, 2nd Merarchias 36 & Aktis Moutsopoulou, in Piraeus. 

Its main subject is the incunables in Greek libraries, the printed books that survive until today from the dawn of printing, the 15th century. More than 500 copies can be found today in Greek public, municipal, academic, monastic and private libraries. 

Following up from the Colloquium organized by the Foundation in April 2019 on the topic of the incunables of the Athenian libraries, our conference focuses now on the copies of the libraries in the rest of the country, which were recorded by the team of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation in the international database Material Evidence in Incunabula, during the period 2019-2022. We are also pleased to present the new website and digital application that collects aggregated data from libraries all over Greece. 

This conference brings together scholars, researchers and professionals from the fields of books and libraries, from Greece and abroad, in order to discuss the study of and especially their material evidence. The programme focuses on three main subjects:

  •  Digital tools and databases that contribute to the study of incunables and early printed editions in general. 
  • Case studies of incunables surviving today in Greek libraries and their historical course. The next steps for incunable discovery and documentation. Future prospects in Greece and in its neighboring countries.  
  • Papers of broader historical interest on issues including: the circulation and use of early printed books (especially incunables) in Greece, the production of printed books aimed at a Greek-speaking audience or at scholars interested in the study of Greek, private and institutional libraries that held incunable editions, now lost. 

On Friday 17 March, first day of the Conference, H. E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou will open the exhibition “Greek literature in early printing” , which presents a selection of incunable editions of Greek interest and early printed Aristotelian editions from the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation collections (Collection Bibliotheca Graeca of S. Ikonomopoulos, Collection of P. Laskaridis). 

Applications closed for live attendance.

For attendance via zoom, please register here

During the conference there will be simultaneous translation from Greek to English and vice versa.


Friday 17 March 2023 

Registration 18.15 

Final entry 18.45. Start 19.00. 

Capturing the European early printed heritage: why it matters and what we do with it
Cristina Dondi, University of Oxford, Consortium of European Research Libraries 

Μνεία τῶν πρὸ ἡμῶν. Οἱ Νεοέλληνες καὶ ἡ μελέτη τῶν ἀρχετύπων (1820-1976) [A reference to those that came before us. Modern Greeks and the study of incunabula (1820-1976)]
Yannis Kokkonas, Ionian University

“Map-inc”. Mapping incunabula in Greek libraries
Vera Andriopoulou, Kleopatra Kyrtata, Angeliki Papadopoulou, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation 

H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou will open the exhibition “Greek literature in early printing. 

Saturday 18 March 2023 

9.00-9.30 Registration 

9.30-9.45 Opening

9.45-11.00 Panel 1: Digital tools for the study of incunabula and early printed books.
Chair: Cristina Dondi 

The CERL Provenance Digital Archive (PDA) and its functions in the context of provenance research
Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła, Ossolineum Library, Consortium of European Research Libraries
Marieke van Delft, Consortium of European Research Libraries 

Bibliotheca Graeca
Athanassios Ikonomopoulos, book collector

Greek printing type and the “Typenrepertorium der Wiegendrucke”
Oliver Duntze, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin 

The AGAPE database and the reception of Greek Patristics
Paolo Sachet, Université de Genève 


11.00-11.15 Coffee break 

11.15-12.30 Panel 2: Contribution to the recording of surviving incunabula: case studies from Greek libraries.
Chair: Irini Solomonidi 

Τα Αρχέτυπα του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης ως μάρτυρες του προσφυγικού ελληνισμού [The incunabula of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as witnesses of the Greek Refugees]
Antonis Chatzichristos, Central Library, University of Thessaloniki 

Η ιστορία μιας συλλογής. Κοβεντάρειος Δημοτική Βιβλιοθήκη Κοζάνης:  Από το αρχέτυπο στην ψηφιακή απεικόνιση [The history of a collection. Koventareios Municipal Library of Kozani: From incunables to digital imaging]
Dimitra Tsotsiou-Tsiagia, Koventareios Municipal Library of Kozani
Ioanna Stergiopoulou, Koventareios Municipal Library of Kozani 

Αρχέτυπες και παλαίτυπες εκδόσεις της ιστορικής βιβλιοθήκη του Γυμνασίου Μυτιλήνης  [Incunables and early printed books in the historical library of Mytilene High School]
Club of excellence and creativity of Mytilene Model High School of the Aegean University, Supervising teachers: Athanasios I. Kalamatas, Iakovos Mastroyannis 

Ἡ διακίνηση ἑνὸς ἀντιτύπου τῆς ἀρχέτυπης ἔκδοσης τῆς «Γραμματικῆς» τοῦ Θ. Γαζῆ (1495) στὴν Πάτμο (18ος-19ος αι.): Ἀπὸ τὸ «κατὰ Πάτμον φροντιστήριον τῶν ἑλληνικῶν μαθημάτων» στὴ βιβλιοθήκη τῆς Μονῆς τοῦ Θεολόγου
[The circulation of a copy of the incunable edition of Theodore Gaza’s Grammatica (1495) in Patmos (18th-19th centuries): from the “Patmos ‘frontisterion’ for Greek studies” to the Library of the Monastery of St John the Theologian]

Yannis Melianos, Library of St John the Theologian Monastery in Patmos 


12.30-12.45 Break 

12.45-14.00 Panel 3: Contribution to the recording of surviving incunabula: additions and expansion prospects.
Chair: Vera Andriopoulou 

Αρχέτυπες εκδόσεις σε βιβλιοθήκες της Κρήτης [Incunable editions in libraries of Crete]
Konstantinos M. Papadakis, Library of the University of Crete 

Αρχέτυπα στις ελληνικές βιβλιοθήκες. Η εφαρμογή του προγράμματος 15cBookTrade στην Ελλάδα από το Ίδρυμα Αικατερίνης Λασκαρίδη [Incunabula in Greek Libraries. An application of the 15cBookTrade project in Greece by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation]
Vera Andriopoulou, Kleopatra Kyrtata, Angeliki Papadopoulou, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation 

Κτητορικές ιστορίες από τα αρχέτυπα του Μουσείου Παύλου και Αλεξάνδρας Κανελλοπούλου [Provenance stories from the incunabula of the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum]
Irini Solomonidi, Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens 

Σπάνια βιβλία στις συλλογές της Εθνικής Βιβλιοθήκης της Αλβανίας [Rare books in the collections of the National Library of Albania]
Sonila Tërpo, National Library of Albania 


14.00-15.00 Lunch break 

15.00-16.00 Panel 4: Εarly printed Greek books: from Italy to the Ottoman Empire.
Chair: Geri Della Rocca de Candal 

Early Greek dictionaries and the printing press 
Paul Botley, University of Warwick 

Books for Greeks and books for non-Greeks in sixteenth-century Venice: cultural and intellectual transference and exchange
Natasha Constantinidou, University of Cyprus 

Printed books in the Ottoman Empire (1450-1600): some observations
Geri Della Rocca de Candal, Lincoln College, Oxford


16.00-16.15 Break 

16.15-17.30 Panel 5: Εarly printed books in Greece: historical catalogues and archival sources.
Chair: Panagiota Tzivara 

Archival evidence on private, monastic and church libraries in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Crete
Eirini Lydaki, Crete University Press/Foundation for Research and Technology–Hellas    

Διαβάζοντας τον κατάλογο μιας ιδιωτικής βιβλιοθήκης των αρχών του 19ου αιώνα [Reading the catalogue of a 19th century private library]
Vaso Seirinidou, University of Athens 

Τα όμορφα βιβλία να χάθηκαν όμορφα; Ίχνη, μαρτυρίες, φωνές και ψίθυροι για την παρουσία αρχετύπων εκδόσεων στην Κέρκυρα του 19ου αιώνα [Pretty books, pretty flame? Traces, testimonies, voices and rumours on the presence of incunabula in Corfu during the 19th century]
Panagiota Tzivara, Democritus University of Thrace

Αρχέτυπες εκδόσεις σε βιβλιοθήκες των Ιωαννίνων [Incunable editions in libraries of Ioannina]
Dimitris S. Georgakopoulos, University of Ioannina


17.30 Closing remarks
Vera Andriopoulou, Kleopatra Kyrtata, Angeliki Papadopoulou, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation