One book, six centuries of history.
Editions from the dawn of printing in the libraries of Athens
Among libraries’ “hidden treasures” a special place is held by incunabula – books that reached our era from the dawn of printing, the 15th century. The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which holds one of the most important incunabula collections in Greece, is pleased to announce the organization of a colloquium, entitled “One book, six centuries of history. Editions from the dawn of printing in the libraries of Athens” on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
The colloquium focuses on incunabula as a continuously rising research subject, both internationally and in Greece, using as case studies representative editions from Athenian libraries. It aims 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 aspires 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 will discuss the project and its implementation in Greece.
Drawing from its rich collection of more than one hundred incunabula, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation will complement the colloquium with an exhibition of selected publications.
More information will follow soon.