Last sunday Noshi and me went out to visit another museum in Antwerp, and this time we went to the Plantin Moretus house on the Vrijdagsmarkt.
The historical house is divided into 34 rooms, each detailing another part of the art of bookbinding and printing, the art Christoffel Plantin made famous.
Christophe Plantin was a french bookbinder and leatherworker from France, who settled in Antwerp in the 16th century. The city is in it's "Golden Age" by then, and he creates a true market of printing books, being the pionier (not the inventor though) of the field. Soon, being the smart businessman that he is, he has offices in Frankfurt, Leiden and Paris, but the main house remains in Antwerp.
Over the course of the museum, one also finds various works of his, with hundreds of original books still preserved in the museum.
In the old print atelier, there are even two original mid-16th century printing machines on display, the oldest surviving ones in the world!
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