In 1512, Hakob Meghapart (Jacob the Sinner) opened an Armenian Press in Venice, Italy, and published an Armenian religious book, "Urbatagirk" (the Book of Fridays). The era of Armenian printing had begun. To mark the quincentenary of this event and UNESCO’s designation of Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, as its Book Capital of the World, 2012, the Library of Congress is hosting a temporary exhibition, "To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress" from April 19 through September 26. Drawing from the Armenian collections of the Library of Congress, the exhibition will display the varieties of the Armenian literary tradition from the era of manuscripts through the early periods of print and on to contemporary publishing. It will also feature colorful hand-illuminated manuscripts, fabrics, maps, and some three-dimensional objects.
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