The implementation of the Reformation and the ideas of Martin Luther would never have developed the dynamic known to us today without letterpress printing. Leipzig was already an important center for printing in the early days of the Reformation. In 1518, Melchior Lotter printed Luthers early writings in his printing office in Leipzig, before he established his famous printing shop in Wittenberg in 1520.
Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig (Germany): Luther – Leipzig – Letterpress!
04 May 2017|24 Sept. 2017
In celebration of the Reformation Jubilee, visitors can experience the creation of print media around 1500 in the authentic workshops of the Museum of the Printing Arts. In the typefoundry a Schwabacher is cast in sight of the visitors - the most common font of the Reformation. And according to the motto "compose and print your own these", you can compose your own texts with movable types as in Luthers time. Through a historic hand press, we show how printed media were reproduced. It also illustrates the enormous amount of work required for printed publications, which in the Lutheran era already reached high circulations and changed the world permanently.