Museums of Typography
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- Early modern digital collections
- Digital collections of early printed books that are
primarily high-resolution public domain images.
- Lists both open digital collections (individual libraries and museums)
and aggregators (cities and archives), all with useful annotations.
Gutenberg-Museum in Mainz
- Liebfrauenplatz 5, 55116 Mainz
Phone: +49 (0)6131 - 122640 or 122644
Tuesday to Saturday from 9.00 to 17.00. Sunday from 11.00 to 15.00
The museum is closed on the official holidays in Germany.
- Comments by Karel van der Waarde: "Certainly worth a long visit
(one full day). The Dom next to it is worth a visit as well".
- Comments by Martin Schröder: "Mainz is a _must_.
1.5 Gutenberg bibles and _many_ old books. But they are
a bit thin on printing technology".
Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
- Has permanent exhibition of Hermann Zapf's work.
- Herrnstraße 80, 63061 Offenbach am Main
- Comments by Karel van der Waarde: A major
collection of book and writing and printing materials. The basis in 1953
was the library of the Klingspor foundry. Other specialities are
calligraphy, book illustrations, the work of Rudolf Koch, Eckmann, Peter
Behrens. Basically they have far too much to show everything, and it depends
a bit on the exhibition in the main area. However, the standard collection
upstairs is worth a visit.
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, Göttingen
Werkstätten und Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig
(Workshops and Museums for the Art of Printing)
- Nonnenstraße 38, 04229 Leipzig.
Phone: +49 - 3 41 - 4 90 49-0
Facsimile: +49 - 3 41 - 4 90 49-49
Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
On Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Guided tours for individuals or groups by appointment.
Museo Bodoniano in Parma, dedicated to Giambattista Bodoni
- next to the Bibilioteca Palatina of Parma.
Piazza della Pilotta 5
- Biblioteca Angelica, a public library Roma
- Comments by Klaus E. Werner:
In Italy there are _e_a_s_i_ly_ accessible (identity card).
Right around my corner there is such a library (Biblioteca Angelica, Roma)
that possesses-- among other things -- 1.100 incunaboli (books before
1500), 20.000 books of the 16th century, 519 books of Bodoni etc.
You just go there, show your passport at the entrance and they will give
you what you want. Even the editions of Aldus Manutius (Hyperotnomachia
Poliphili) and Nikolaus Jenson (Plinius' Naturalis Historia).
Printing Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
- 1-3-3 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8531, Toppan Koishikawa Bldg.
- excursion at TUG 2013.
Meermanno-Westreenianum museum in The Hague, Amsterdam (In Dutch)
- Excerpted from the "Welcome" --
"In 1994 A Hundred Highlights from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek
was published. In this book a selection of manuscripts, printed works,
book bindings, and specimens from the paper history collection in the
Department of Special Collections is presented with explanatory notes,
mainly provided by staff of the Department.
"Members of the staff of the Library Research Department have adapted
the book for digital distribution. The result may be seen on your
screen: a digital book of plates with comments.
"Just like the version of the Highlights published in book form, the
digital Highlights can be browsed and provide an extensive
introduction and index. Moreover, the electronic presentation offers
you the opportunity of joining a number of selected guided tours. If
you are interested in the ways the Library's treasures on paper or
parchment were made, there are tours, for instance, of miniatures in
medieval manuscripts, modern typography, bookbindings and paper
making. For those interested in the contents of these works of art,
there are tours of literary, religious, historical, art historical and
"The copyright of this edition is deposited at Waanders Uitgevers and the Koninklijke
Swiss Paper Museum & Museum for Writing and Printing.
- St. Alban-Tal 37; 4052 Basel/Switzerland
tel: +41 61 272 96 52
fax: +41 61 272 09 93
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- Comments by Bruno Maag:
It is more like an old papermill -
fully working - than a museum about type.
It does workshops in papermaking, hand setting and printing.
It is also gorgeously located on the river Rhein with a little cafe in front of
it. So, if you're there in the Summer it is an ideal place to unwind.
- Fabrikstrasse 30a, 9220 Bischofszell
tel: +41 (0)71 422 28 20
- Hours: Wednesday, 2pm-4.30pm (no guided tours)
Guided Tours: every first Sunday of the Month, at 2pm and 4pm
Guided tours for groups or individuals by appointment.
The British Library at St Pancras.
- 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
- Excerpted from the "Digital Library/Treasures Digitisation" pages:
"The British Library Exhibition Galleries house some of the world's most
famous books and documents, including the Diamond Sutra, the world's
first recorded printed document, produced in China in the 8th century
AD; two version of Magna Carta, internationally considered to be the
foundation of civil liberties; the Lindisfarne Gospels, the pinnacle of
Anglo-Saxon artistry; and Gutenberg's 42-line Bible, Europe's first
printed book, c.1455. "
- November 2000: British Library presents
two complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible for online access. See
The Gutenberg Bible online digital facsimile Web site
and BBC November News
Gutenberg Bible goes online
Early Printed Collections Web site has links to the new
"Gutenberg Years" exibition, digitisation projects and more.
- Comments by Tom Chadwin:
Having recently started occasional work in London, I have had the chance to
visit the new British Library at St Pancras.
Although not in possession of a reader's ticket, and hence unable to enter
the reading rooms, I still regard the library as my favourite place in
London, and have revisited it every time I have returned.
There is a splendid exhibition on print and type in the basement, and, of
course, the public galleries.
Needless to say, I cannot recommend a visit to the Library highly enough. It
seems to me that there is a great deal more on display than there was in the
Manuscripts Room at the British Museum, and to be able to see works by
Gutenberg, Caxton, Aldus, and Wynkyn de Worde side by side is a joy.
The Cavendish Gallery of Print & Typography
(this link will take you to the Cavendish Online Gallery...)
St Bride Printing Library
- Bride Lane, Fleet Street
London EC4Y 8EE
Phone 020 7353-4660
Hours: 9:30 to 5:30 Monday to Friday
St Bride Printing Library opened in 1895 as a technical library, and
since 1992, has built its international reputation as one of the world's
foremost printing and graphics arts library.
- The Type Museum
- 100 Hackford Road
London SW9 0QU
Telephone: 1+ 020 7735 0055
The Type Museum is a living, working museum and an important resource
for all those interested in written and printed letterforms.
The Museum is currently under development, and for practical reasons
can only offer limited access at present.
The Type Museum offers visitors the chance to explore aspects of the
collections through a series of Open Days, held on the first Wednesday
of each month. Demonstrations start at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm.
Admission charge £5 (concessions £3).
We regret that there is no disabled access to these events.
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