Photo1. "Synopsis" published by Innokentiy Gizel, 1674
|Photo2. One of the halls in Museum of book publishing in Ukraine, Kiev.||Photo3. Stamp issued to the 400th anniversary of Metropolitan Peter Mogila|
State Museum of book publishing in Ukraine is located in the museum complex of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. The museum was founded in 1972. The Museum inner space is 930 sq. m big area. There you can see the "unity of form and content". There are the most valuable ancient and modern books designed by the best masters using expensive decorative materials on display in the museum. You can see books with covers decorated with golden and silver embossing. The book frames are made of leather and velvet. There are huge volumes and miniature books in the collection of book publishing museum.
The books written in the days of Ancient Rus can be found in the very rich book collection of the museum. There are about 56 thousand units of storage in the museum. The most valuable exhibit of the museum is "The Apostle". The book was published in Lvov in Ivan Fyodorov’s printing house in 1574. You can see the first printed works of famous religious preachers and educators such as Peter Mogila, Innokentiy Gizel, Lazar Baranovich and Eugene Bolkhovitinov.
The first encyclopedic works on philological (“Slav-Russian Lexicon and names interpretation" by Pamva Berinda) and historical («Synopsis" by Innokentiy Gizel published in 1674) subjects are on display in the museum.
You will learn about the famous Ukrainian publishing houses in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Lviv, Ostrog and Chernigov. You will learn about the history of printing in Ukraine too. You can see 17th – 18th centuries printing equipment in the museum halls.
The history of the Ukrainian book publishing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is displayed in the best way in the museum. There books of a big variety of interests - from the artistic and scientific literature to the encyclopedic and journalistic literature. The evolution of printing is shown there too. There are many books autographed by famous Ukrainian personalities.
There are Ukrainian samizdat publications (the dissident movement in 1960s-1980s), bookplates, publishing brands, publications of the Ukrainian Diaspora in the museum collection.