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ATypI 08 St Petersburg

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Starts at 09:30, 17 September 2008,
at Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

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George D. Matthiopoulos
An illustrated history of Greek book design
15th–20th century

Sunday 21 September | 11:40 – 12:30 | Session B16 in Palace B

Because of the Ottoman conquest of the Eastern Mediterranean basin, for more than four centuries Greek typography developed outside the Greek territories. Until the national independence of Greece in the 19th century, the Greek book had maintained a dual identity: publications for the European scholarly public and books for the Greek readers both in Europe and in occupied Greece. Thereafter, Greek book design was primarily within the national borders and followed the European trends to some degree but remained quite parochial until the middle 20th century. The presentation will discuss these developments and will explore the aesthetic differences of European multilingual editions and Greek liturgical or lay editions for the Greek public with many illustrations which cover the whole period. Theme: Greek | 50 minutes