The First Printed Works in Transylvania (Sibiu, 1525) Cover Image

Primele tipărituri din Transilvania (Sibiu, 1525)
The First Printed Works in Transylvania (Sibiu, 1525)

Author(s): Zsolt Simon
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Academiei Române
Keywords: Transylvania; Sibiu; 16th Century; Theobaldus Gryphius

Summary/Abstract: It was known that the first Transylvanian press functioned in Sibiu between 1528 and 1530, but it was not known any printing to perpetuate itself until our days. In this study I present three of the first printings of this press, extracted form the cover of a volume of the Teleki-Bolyai Library of Târgu-MureŞ. These printings were of one page, decorated with initials and border ornaments. One of them contained a calendar of the moving feasts, the other one the text of the Credo, while the third one the following religious texts: Our Father, Ave Maria, Decalogue, Magnificat and the antiphonies Veni sancte spiritus and Salve regina. Based on the text placed in the front of the calendar results that it was the first printing of Transylvania and it was printed in Sibiu in 1525 by the typographers Lukas Trapoldner and Valentin Corvinus. With they content, the printings seem that had serve a double goal. The first aim was to strengthen the faith, and the second goal it seems that it was to serve or to propagate the cult of Holy Mary.

  • Issue Year: XLVI/2007
  • Issue No: 46
  • Page Range: 89-106
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Romanian