Curatorial Tour of "Gutenberg & After" at Firestone Library.
Wednesday November 13, 2019; 6 to 8 pm at the Milberg Gallery; Firestone Library.
Wine and Cheese will be served. Free to PA3 dues-paying members and one guest per member
** PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED VIA EMAIL TO SEV. ADMISSION IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 20 REGISTRANTS. **
Bibliophile and philanthropist William H. Scheide '36 bequeathed to Princeton his rare book library, including one of the world's greatest collections of early European printing. Today, a new exhibition opens in the Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery, “Gutenberg & After: Europe’s First Printers 1450-1470,” showcasing the Scheide collection alongside treasures borrowed from nine leading institutions in the United Kingdom and North America.
The exhibition tells the story of the two decades that transformed text production and distribution across Europe. It is the first exhibition to focus on the inaugural years of the spread of printing.
The cornerstones of the exhibition are the Gutenberg Bible of 1455 and the 1457 Mainz Psalter, both from the Scheide Library. These two earliest datable printed books are contextualized by a careful selection of other early European printing that documents both Mainz printing even earlier than the Gutenberg Bible, and the spread of printing to other towns, including Strasbourg, Bamberg, Rome, Venice, and Paris.
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