Europeana celebrates 500 years of the printed book

prayerbook500 years ago, the first book was printed and to commemorate this,  Europeana (Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe’s galleries, museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections) has created a virtual exhibition together with the National Library of Latvia.

“The printed book changed the world by first changing its readers. During the period 500 years ago, the nature of the book was undergoing important changes. With the development of printing technology, books became cheaper, more convenient to read and accessible to a wider audience; books became the messengers of religious and social change.

1514 vividly characterises the age of great change: the end of the Renaissance and the blossoming of humanism, culminating in the Reformation. This virtual exhibition provides you an opportunity to examine the books published in that particular year across Europe, revealing the cultural richness and diversity of the age.

The books can be explored in the English or Latvian exhibition.