TEHRAN –(Iranart)- Iran plans to celebrate 380 years of publishing at a special ceremony on October 10 during the Frankfurt Book Fair, Iran’s cultural office in Germany has announced.
A copy of the first page from a book of Armenian prayers published in 1638 at a Vank Cathedral publishing house in the Jolfa district of the central Iranian city of Isfahan is scheduled to be unveiled at the ceremony.
The original copy is preserved at the British Museum in London.
What is of high importance is that the machine used to print the book was different from the one invented by Johannes Gutenberg in Germany during the 15th century.
A large number of cultural figures and Iranian ambassador to Germany Ali Majedi are expected to attend the ceremony, during which a message from the Armenian Diocese of Iran will also be read.
According to the Iran Cultural Fairs Institute, over 20 Iranian publishers and several literary agencies and associations will attend the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, which will be running from October 10 to 14.
source: Tehran Times