Ingenious Impressions: The Coming of the Book

Charting the development of the early printed book in Europe.

Nicolaus Jenson, Breviarum Romanum, Venice, 1478 © University of Glasgow, 2015

Nicolaus Jenson, Breviarum Romanum, Venice, 1478

This is the first exhibition in the UK to explore the transition from manuscript to print, and how this impacted on late medieval society.

The invention of mechanical movable type printing revolutionised book making in Europe. It was instrumental in the emergence of the Renaissance and the spread of learning more generally.

The University of Glasgow holds one of the UK's most important collections of early printed books, or incunabula, published in the 50 years following the invention of printing in the mid 15th century. Examples displayed here address a number of key themes, including the transition from vellum to paper, the identity and role of the first printers and the content and commercial nature of the earliest printed books.

Don't miss

There will be a chance to see demonstrations on a replica 15th century printing press, on loan from the University of Reading.


Venue details

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery 82 Hillhead Street, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Strathclyde G12 8QQ 0141 330 5431 www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian

Entry details

Free to all

Hunterian Art Gallery

Tue–Sat 10am–​5pm, Sun 11am–​4pm

Mackintosh House

Guided tours 10am–4pm