Since 1926 the International Gutenberg Society published the periodical Publication the Gutenberg Yearbook. It has become the leading scientific yearbook worldwide in the fields of Gutenberg research and research into the history of the art of printing and of the book in general.
On January 31st, 2019 we had the pleasure to have a look at the exhibition "Wie ein fruchtbarer Regen nach langer Dürre..." in the University Library of Heidelberg together with some of our members and book studies students. The curator of the exhibition, Dr. Jürgen Franssen, guided us 1.5 hours through the exhibition on book art in the early 20th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, publishers and artists resisted the industrial mass production of books. The exhibition focuses on the German private presses and their role models. There were many different prints to see, which were designed very individually. From very lavishly printed works, such as a Bible edition of the Doves Press, which was provided by the Gutenberg Museum, to very simple prints that put writing in the foreground.
After the educational tour we also had the opportunity to leaf through the originals in the reading room. Writing, paper and watermarks were carefully examined. We would like to thank Dr. Jürgen Franssen for the exciting insight into book art!