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The Diaspora of Armenian Printing 1512-2012

The Diaspora of Armenian Printing 1512-2012

€ 29,50 ( excl. delivery costs )

  • Author(s) :
    John A. Lane
  • In cooperation with :
    Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia
  • Year :
    Amsterdam – Yerevan, 2012
  • Language :
    English & Armenian
  • Design :
    Design: Frederik de Wal
  • Pages :
    224 pages
  • ISBN :
    9789081926409
  • Edition :
    Sewn paper covers
  • Print :
    1st edition
  • Illustration :
    Illustrated in colour & bl/w
  • Publisher :
    Bijzondere Collecties Universiteit van Amsterdam

  • In 1512, in the city of Venice, Hakob Meghapart printed the first book in Armenian type. He inaugurated a tradition celebrated in 2012 as ‘Five Centuries of Armenian Printing’. The present book commemorates the printers, their books and their printing types. For technical and political reasons, all Armenian books were printed outside Armenia until 1771. The art of Armenian printing developed in major centres like Venice, Constantinople and Amsterdam, but also in many others around the world. Its history moves along highways and byways reflecting the ups and downs of the Armenian people. This book describes the diaspora of Armenian printing, highlighting the role of Amsterdam. It take the reader on a typographic odyssey through time and space. It accompanies the exhibition The diaspora of the Armenian Book 1512-2012, held from June to September 2012 at the Special Collections Library of the University of Amsterdam and from December 2012 to March 2013 at the National Library of Armenia in Yerevan.

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