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Facsimile edition of 1563 Brest Bible on display at Frankfurt Book Fair

Society 18.10.2019 | 14:31

MINSK, 18 October (BelTA) - The facsimile edition of the 1563 Brest Bible is on show during the 71st Frankfurt Book Fair, Deputy Director of the Belarusian National Library Ales Susha told BelTA.

“The world famous Frankfurt Book Fair is running in Germany these days. The facsimile reproduction of the Brest Bible published ahead of Brest's millennium birthday has become a very unusual exhibit and therefore extremely attractive. The edition has immediately attracted the attention of not only thousands of visitors but also experts from around the world who study the most unusual, rare and valuable books, who negotiate the possibility of buying or obtaining the rights to use them,” said Ales Susha, who initiated and coordinated the work to print the facsimile edition of the Brest Bible.

A large Belarusian delegation consisting of representatives of various publishing houses and book sellers, is in Frankfurt now. They are presenting more than 500 new products of the domestic book publishing industry. Special attention is paid to the theme of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from the Nazi invaders and the Year of Native Land.

“In order to show our rich book culture traditions and capabilities of the domestic book publishing, we have brought two copies of the facsimile edition to Frankfurt. They are exhibited in various pavilions and designed for different target audiences. One of them is exhibited by Belkniga at the national stand. The second one is on display in the pavilion of rare and artistic books at the stand of the Segment publishing house, which was commissioned by the National Library to make a binding for the facsimile edition,” Ales Susha informed.

The 71st Frankfurt International Book Fair is running from 16 to 20 October. Norway is the guest of honor this year. The Frankfurt event is considered the world's most prestigious book fair and the biggest social and cultural event of the year. Every year it hosts about 300,000 guests and represents about 400,000 books.

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