Strasbourg can claim to be one of the cradles of printing: Gutenberg lived here while he worked on his invention. In the fifteenth century, Strasbourg was one of the first towns where books were printed. The BNU is able to witness to this energy in the service of the circulation of knowledge, with a collection of some 2 098 incunabula that continues to expand depending on the possibilities for purchases and deposits. The catalogue for the collection was produced in 1998 by the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance (Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance), and constitutes volumes XIII, 1-2 of the Catalogues Régionaux des Incunables des Bibliothèques Publiques de France (regional catalogues of incunabula in public libraries), by Françoise Zehnacker.

The first printers in Strasbourg, including Eggestein and Mentelin, are represented, as are those who provided the bridge with the sixteenth century, including Grüninger. Apart from the Alsace and Rhine context, the collection also embraces the whole of fifteenth-century typography, and allows a comprehensive overview of all the technical innovations, aesthetic inventions, and linguistic specificities of this period in printing.

Manager of Reserve Stacks:
Daniel Bornemann
tel.: +33 (0)3 88 25 28 20

Xylographie, seconde moitié du 15e siècle. Jean Grüninger.: © BNU – JPRXylographie, seconde moitié du 15e siècle. Jean Grüninger.: © BNU – JPR

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