The Plantin Moretus museum in Antwerp goes to 16 on printering of the Christoph Plantin (Christoffel Plantijn) from that. Century back. It is the only received letterpress printing from the time of the Renaissance and the baroque and 2005 as the first museum into the list of the world cultural heritage of the UNESCO was taken up.
Printering were created 1555. It was one the largest their time and is considered as first industrielle Buchruckerei. It counted up to 16 Druckpressen and had over 80 persons employed. In addition, Plantijn made its publishing house a meeting place for important human, like Justus Lipsius, printed catholic and reformatorische books. After his death its son-in-law took over January Moretus printering, which became an important institution of the Gegenreformation now. Later stood the publishing house house in close contact with Peter Paul Rubens, who illustrated also books of the Manufaktur.
1876 sold Edward Moretus printering with the entire inventory to the city Antwerp, which furnished a museum.
The Plantin Moretus museum accommodates the oldest Druckpressen of the world (around 1600) and a typographic vault with countless metallic pressure type character types. Beyond that the collection of pressure graphics from that is 16. and 17. Century one the most important world.
The library with approximately 25,000 old volumes offers a nearly complete overview of the book production of the Plantiniana of 16. to in 19. In addition, century, possesses approx. 600 handwriting 9. - 16. Century and complete business archives of the Officina Plantiniana. Among the most important works the Biblia Polyglotta (1567-1572) ranks, Abraham Ortelius' famous Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1579), the thesaurus Teutoniae Linguae and the herb book of the Rembert Dodoens.
The house at the Vrijdagmarkt combined work and Wohnbrereich. The magnificent Patrizierwohnung is equipped with art furniture, pictures (among other things of Rubens), gold leather wallpapers, sculptures and porcelain.
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