In 1586, the Antwerp-based printer Niclaes Mollijns (c. 1550-1625) disappears from local records. Two years later, a man with a similar name installs the first city printer’s office in Riga, Livonia (in today's Letland). While scholars have generally accepted that this is one and the same person, so far the two periods of -Mollijns’ life have been researched as separate entities.
In this workshop, Beate Orlova will present new insights into the ties between within the book trade of the Southern Netherlands and Livonia Livonian book trades based on the analysis of extant printed books in both regions and the used woodcuts and type. In doing so, she will provide a glimpse into the 'afterlives' of Niclaes Mollijns: the use of woodcuts Mollijns had brought over from Antwerp in books printed in Riga after his death.
Beate Orlova is a collections expert at the National Library of Latvia, specializing in 16th century Livonian book history, and curator of the guest exhibition The Essence of a Typographer. Niclaes Mollijns: Antwerp-Riga.
- Hybrid workshop in English
- Wednesday, 24 May 2023 at 5.00 pm (CEST)
- Duration: approximately 75 minutes