The exhibition “One book, six centuries of history”, which accompanies the colloquium of the same name, presents 17 incunables from the rich collection of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.

Incunables (lat. incunabula), the editions from the first century of printing, hold a special place in the history of literature, science, economy and culture in general. This exhibition presents selected books of exceptional historic and aesthetic value which

  • are representative of the main subjects within the collection (literature, language, science, history, religion)
  • showcase examples of remarkable artistic quality from the beginning of typography, emphasizing both printed decoration and illumination
  • highlight the contribution of key personalities on the art and craft of printing
  • carry the material evidence of the unique history of each copy through time.

The Collection of Incunables of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation originates from the two most prominent collections of its Historical Library: Bibliotheca Graeca (Collection of Athanasios Oikonomopoulos) and the Collection of the Foundation’s President, Panagiotis Laskaridis. It comprises mostly of Greek and Greek-centred editions, as well as prominent examples of Latin, medieval and later literature.

As of today, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation holds the second largest collection of incunables in Greece after the National Library of Greece. The collection comprises 102 titles in 107 copies and continues to grow.

Admission is free

Duration: 13 April – 15 September 2019

Historical Library

2nd Merarchias & Aktis Moutsopoulou, Piraeus

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.00 – 17.00

Saturdays 20/4, 4/5, 1/6, 6/7, 3/8, 7/9

11:00-15:00, with guided tours

Guided tours also available upon request: tel. 216-9003700, ext. 104

The exhibition will remain closed at 25/4-1/5, 17/6, 12-16/8.