Plantin-Moretus Museum

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Library of Plantin Moretus Museum
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii, iv, vi
Reference 1185
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2005 (29th Session)

The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a museum in Antwerp, Belgium honouring the famous printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. It is located in their former residence and printing establishment, Plantin Press, at the Friday Market.

History[edit]

The printing company was founded in the 16th century by Christophe Plantin. After his death it was owned by his son-in-law Jan Moretus.

In 1876 Edward Moretus sold the company to the city of Antwerp. One year later the public could visit the living areas and the printing presses. In 2002 the museum was nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2005 it was inscribed onto the World Heritage list.

The Plantin-Moretus Museum possesses an exceptional collection of typographical material. Not only does it house the two oldest surviving printing presses in the world and complete sets of dies and matrices, it also has an extensive library, a richly decorated interior and the entire archives of the Plantin business, which were inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme Register in 2001 in recognition of their historical significance.[1]

Collection[edit]

Title page of an edition of Rembert Dodoens Cruydt-Boeck edited by Jan Moretus.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Business Archives of the Officina Plantiniana". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  2. ^ "The Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Antwerpen". 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Voet, Leon (1969), The golden compass: a history and evaluation of the printing and publishing activities of the Officina Plantiniana at Antwerp. Vol. 1, Christopher Plantin and the Moretuses: their lives and their world, Amsterdam: Vangendt & Co. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, ISBN 0710064667 
  • Voet, Leon and Kaye, Raymond H. (1972), The golden compass: a history and evaluation of the printing and publishing activities of the Officina Plantiniana at Antwerp. Vol.2 The management of a printing and publishing house in Renaissance and Baroque, Amsterdam: Vangendt & Co. London: Routledge & KeganPaul, ISBN 0839000049 

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Coordinates: 51°13′06″N 4°23′53″E / 51.21833°N 4.39806°E / 51.21833; 4.39806