Sylvae Typographicae

Sylvae Typographicae

Sylvae Typographicae. Essays on the 4th volume (1656-1670) of the Old Hungarian Prints series
Edited by Judit P. Vásárhelyi
NSZL–HAS Research Center for the Humanities–MOKKA-R Association
[Booklets of Hungarian Book Review and MOKKA-R Association, 5.], 148 pages
ISBN 978 963 446 664 2


This volume contains the papers of the conference held at NSZL on 16 April 2012 related to the publication of the 4th volume of the Old Hungarian Prints series, a bibliography of another 15 years added to the three previous parts. The title Sylvae typographicae expresses the authors’ wish to present new and so far unexplored achievements related to the prints listed in the new volume and found during its edition. Due to the multiplicity of genres, some essays focus on the history of typography and methodology, while others call the attention to questions of history of literature and art. There is a separate section of the essays on old Czech-language biblical literature and a most recent project to explore Czech-language biblical verses printed in 17th century Hungary. But the papers published are just a starting point for the exploration of that historical period on the basis of the 4th volume of Old Hungarian Prints. For this reason, we have illustrated this book with the same tree that can be seen on the cover of the bibliography. Our hope is that the stock listed in Old Hungarian Prints shall be (to quote the Bible) „like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream, … its leaves are always green, … and never fails to bear fruit (Psalms 1:3 and Jeremiah 17:8).

Booklets of Hungarian Book Review and MOKKA-R Association

For centuries, books were the only means of passing on cultural values, so the history of books is related to all the areas of cultural history. No wonder that a number of new institutions for presenting book culture history are currently being set up. As one of Europe’s oldest book history periodicals, Hungarian Book Review cannot assume the publication of all the writings on book history in Hungary, it has joined MOKKA-R (the old books section of Hungarian National Joint Catalogue Association), an entity founded in 1994 to coordinate the elaboration of old books. Our series of booklets presents primarily the lectures held at the MOKKA-R department sessions, but also gives room for works on book history with larger extent than publishable in Hungarian Book Review.

The publishers of the series are NSZL, the Institute for Literary Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Science, and MOKKA-R Association.