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Gold Leather and Lead Letters. Antwerp's Plantin-Moretus Museum
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Gold Leather and Lead Letters. Antwerp's Plantin-Moretus Museum

(Pierre Delsaerdt ) The Low Countries - 1994, № 2, pp. 236-243

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The Plantin-Moretus Museum is not a museum where you just drop in casually on your way through the busy port city of Antwerp. Its exceptionally well-preserved interior and enviable typographical and art collections make it a place worth seeing in its own right, which more than holds its own with other Antwerp monuments such as Rubens' House or the Cathedral of Our Lady. The house known as The Golden Compasses (De Gulden Passer) was home to the successful enterprise run by Christophe Plantin (c. 1520-1589) and his descendants. With them Antwerp developed into a typographical world centre to rank with Paris, Lyon, Cologne, and Venice. A piece about a family enterprise turned museum. (with a translation of Plantin's poem ‘Le bonheur de ce monde').

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