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

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