Charting the development of the early printed book in Europe.

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.

Hunterian Art Gallery

University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G12 8QQ

0141 330 4221


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Hunterian Art Gallery Tue–Sat 10am–​5pm, Sun 11am–​4pm. Mackintosh House Guided tours Tue - Fri, 10am - 12.30pm. Self guided from 1pm and at weekends. Last entry 4.15pm (3.15pm Sun).

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