In anticipation of this year’s Maastricht Antiquarian Book & Print Fair in March, the Inner City Library displays books from the Special Collections related to the history of book printing in Maastricht. In our showcase you can see books from printers like Boucher, Dufour & Roux, Landtmeter, Veltman and Leiter-Nypels.

Along with The Regional Historic Center Limburg and the Centre Céramique, the University Library recently started a new project: the history of book printing in Maastricht. We are going to show you the history from the moment printer Jacob Bathen settled in Maastricht in 1551 right up to the highlights of Charles Nypels in the first half of the twentieth century. Special attention is paid to the sociocultural context, the creative process and typography of book printing.

Our Special Collections

All three heritage institutions have rich collections that together illustrate the history of book printing in Maastricht. This showcase displays books from our Special Collections from printers like Boucher, Dufour & Roux, Landtmeter, Veltman and Leiter-Nypels.

Maastricht Antiquarian Book & Print Fair

If you want to see more, visit us at this year’s Maastricht Antiquarian Book & Print Fair in the Sint-Janskerk at Friday 14 March (13.00 – 20.00), Saturday 15 March (10.00 – 18.00) or Sunday 16 March (10.00 – 17.00). On display are the oldest print from 1553, the catalogue of the Jesuits from 1773, works by printers Dufour & Roux from the end of the eighteenth century, a selection of interesting almanacs (i.e. an annual publication that includes information such as weather forecasts, farmers’ planting dates, tide tables, and tabular information often arranged according to the calendar) and the fabulous Don Quichotte from Leiter-Nypels.

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