The newly founded Munich City Group

Since the beginning of 2019, the Gutenberg Society has wanted to expand its activities and involve its internationally distributed members more closely by founding locally active city groups. The cooperation of like-minded people needs points of contact, which we want to make available. Above all, personal encounters provide the opportunity to expand and deepen knowledge about the areas of interest through contacts. Our member Ernst Reif has now launched the first city group of this kind in Munich and will start with the first events in April 2019. The first of these will be a guided tour for curators on April 1 through the exhibition "Paul Renner in his time - book designer, typographer, painter" at the UB of the LMU Munich. The following week, on 10 April, the exhibition will continue with a meeting in the pop-up store of the "Munich Bookmakers" in the Munich City Hall. Further information can be found under News.

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An Obituary to Ricardo J. Vicent Museros, Gutenberg Prize Winner and Founder of the First Spanish Printing Museum

The Presidium and Board of the International Gutenberg Society in Mainz mourn the death of their senator and Gutenberg Prize winner Ricardo José Vicent Museros, who died on 16 February 2019 at the age of 80. 

Senator Museros was an outstanding personality and is the founder of the first Spanish printing museum in the Santa Maria del Puig monastery on the outskirts of Valencia. Thanks to him, the "Museo de la Imprenta y de la Obra Grafica", founded in 1987, has close ties to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. 

Born in 1938, the printer and publisher studied in Valencia and in Germany, where he graduated as a technician in photomechanical reproduction with work experience in various printing works in the country. He was the fourth generation of a family of printers and inherited his father's workshop in Valencia. He later founded several of his own companies, including Vicent García Editores in 1974. Vicent García Editores published several limited editions, numbered facsimiles of manuscripts, incunabula and old books as well as encyclopaedias on Valencian culture. 

However, Senator Museros gained his greatest importance through his cultural mediation activities. In 1977, he promoted the town twinning between Mainz and Valencia, referring to the common connection through the heritage of Gutenberg. Mainz, the birthplace of printing with movable type, and Valencia, the printing site of the first literary work in Spain, have been in close contact ever since. On 11 December 1978, the partnership document was officially signed by representatives of both cities. Valencia is thus the first Spanish city to have entered into such a partnership with a German city.

Senator Museros received numerous awards for his wide-ranging services, including the Gutenberg Prize of the International Gutenberg Society and the City of Mainz in 1992 and the Federal Cross of Merit in 2003. Throughout his life, he remained faithful to his commitment to communicating the art of printing and promoting the relationship between the twin cities of Mainz and Valencia. By maintaining and further developing this European connection, which he has been instrumental in establishing, we keep his work alive in our memories. 

In these days our sympathy goes especially to the family and all relatives.  

Presidium and Board of the International Gutenberg Society

YouTube channel with Gutenberg videos

As a follow-up to the manifold activities in the Gutenberg year 2018, the Mainz Institute of Book Science was able to publish its own YouTube channel with nine films each in German and English on "Gutenberg und die Erfindung des Buchdruck" / "Gutenberg and the impact of printing in Western culture" on the Internet. The production of letters, casting, the printing press, the exclusion of typesetting, the Gutenberg Bible, rubrication and illumination, the Göttingen sample book, the spread of the art of book printing during the incunabula period and the mechanisation of typesetting production in the 19th century are presented. These films were produced for the Enhanced E-Book on Gutenberg by Rowohlt, who published them as Digibuch Plus in 2013.

Since the 6th edition of the Gutenberg paperback is currently being published in German by Rowohlt and the 1st edition in English by Haus-Publishing in London in early summer, these films will also be included in the e-book by QR code in print and by link.

We are happy to recommend these films to your attention:

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