Stacks Image 5634
Stacks Image 5635
Stacks Image 5636
Stacks Image 5637
Printing in Mantua

Mantua is among the first cities in Italy to create a typeface and to generate a small book trade through a distribution network to the nearby cities of the Po Valley area. Itinerant printing workers from Germany, who travelled to explore new markets, settled in Mantua around 1472, the first year of the art typography.

The first printed books were commissioned in 1472 by the Publisher Pietro Adamo De Micheli, who had convinced two German printers, Georg of Augusta and Paul Butzbach, to install their own presses in the town. Just two years later the first Hebrew incunabulum, by Abraham Conat, was also printed,which,within just two years, was reprinted in at least seven editions.
These enterprises, although financially difficult at the time, were followed by others, showing the interest in the "new" invention.

Click for further information