History of Georgian Book Printing on Display at Tbilisi Archives

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The history of Georgian book printing is the theme of a new exhibition unveiled in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi earlier today, with visitors invited to view the books and their origins at the National Archives of Georgia.

Open in the exhibition pavilion of the archives, the exhibition features books published by 18th and 19th century printing houses from Tbilisi to Montauban, France.

The exhibits include books containing religious and secular texts, curated by organizers with the aim of illustrating the roots and development of Georgian book printing.

A gospel printed by the printing press of King Vakhtang VI of Georgia in 1709. Photo: Press office of the National Archives of Georgia.

In addition to the books themselves, the exhibition features photographs showing various typefaces, covers and graphic texts used for printing publications.

The latter are the subject of a separate part of the exhibition, which presents information on the publishers who have worked on the books in Georgia as well as abroad, notably in Constantinople, Venice and St. Petersburg.

The exhibition comes as professionals from the National Archives are currently leading a project involving a comprehensive and detailed cataloging of Georgian historical books.

The exhibition will illustrate different fonts and art texts used in books by various printing companies.. Photo: Georgia National Archives Press Office.

The cataloging work has already revealed “important information” about the printed works and their stories from editor’s notes added when they were originally printed, the Tbilisi site said.

The exhibition also coincides with World Book and Copyright Day April 23; a date marked each year since its creation by UNESCO in 1995.

The National Archives exhibition will be open to visitors in Tbilisi until May 4.


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