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Pionneers of the printed book

The Reading Room is inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the printing workshops of large German towns during the Renaissance, where the printing revolution took place and where Dürer invented the artist’s book.

Like all the great bibliophiles of his time, the Duke of Aumale was fascinated with the beginnings of printing: “I do not think a book of this sort in better condition exists, or, as rarities go, that there is a single one that can compete with it…“, he wrote proudly about the Liber Regum, printed using planks of wood, and which he acquired in London in 1857.

The exhibition evokes the rise of printing from the middle of the 15th century, through a large range of exceptional books: block printed booklets, letters of indulgence printed with the first movable type by Johannes Genfleisch, known as Gutenberg (1453), the first dated printed bible (1462) and other famous books such as the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), not forgetting the Missale Augustense featuring the coat of arms of the Fuggers, the first bankers to invest in publishing. These magnificent, rare pieces make it possible to revisit the first media revolution and provide numerous points of comparison with present-day transformations.

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Venue: Château/The Reading Room


Exhibition included in the 1-day ticket without any extra charge


Marie-Pierre Dion, general libraries curator, Condé Museum.


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