A Deadly Vocation

By Andrew Pettegree | The writings of Martin Luther transformed the German print industry. At one point in the early 1520s, the writings of Luther and his supporters accounted for half of the books published in the Holy Roman Empire. So it bears emphasis that Luther’s movement in fact did not export very well. This […]

Preserving the World's Oldest Illustrated Newspaper, detail

Preserving the world’s first illustrated newspaper

By Arthur der Weduwen | The Heritage Library in Antwerp (Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience), one of our PWRB library partners, holds a distinguished collection of early printed news pamphlets and newspapers. The jewel in this collection is a series of some 400 publications by Abraham Verhoeven (1575-1652), an Antwerp printer, publisher and woodcut artist, which have […]

Plantin's Printer's Device

A Prohibited Pocket-Book: Christophe Plantin’s 1564 Genevan Psalter

By Elise Watson | In 1564, famed Antwerp printer Christophe Plantin published a small-format edition of a popular metrical psalter, a book of Biblical psalms intended for liturgical use. The National Library of the Netherlands in the Hague contains a copy of this psalter, entitled Les Pseaumes de David, mis en rime françois (The Psalms […]

Den Eygen sin ende, title page

The first book ever advertised in a newspaper

By Andrew Pettegree | In the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic the making of money was the highest form of science. Nowhere was this more evident than in the introduction of advertising into their newspapers. The first Dutch newspaper was published in Amsterdam in 1618, and within thirty years every other newspaper carried one or more advertisements. […]

Issue of the Courante

Uncovering Lost Newspapers in Auction Catalogues

By Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen |   June marks the 400th anniversary of the earliest surviving Dutch newspaper, the Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c., published on 14th June 1618 by Caspar van Hilten in Amsterdam. To mark the occasion, our blog posts this month will focus on the history of news printing.   […]

An early modern educational broadsheet

An Early Modern Educational Poster from the National Library of Medicine

By Jamie Cumby Although our project name is Preserving the World’s Rarest Books, this week we have a rare broadsheet to share with you.  A broadsheet is a particular format of printed item where a text is laid out on one side of a single sheet of paper.  This particular printed sheet, titled Ordo universi […]