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Armenian Studies Program

500th Anniversary of Armenian Printing

From the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts, from Venice to Yerevan and now at Fresno State, celebrations have taken place worldwide in 2012 marking the 500th anniversary of the printing of the first Armenian book.

The Armenian Studies Program organized an exhibit on "The 500th Anniversary of Armenian Printing" on the second floor of the Fresno State Library and hosted a special reception from 2-5PM on Sunday, October 14 to mark its official opening. The exhibit was co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Library.

This site is intended to give readers links to some of the more important articles and exhibits throughout the world on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Armenian Printing.


Ara Sanjian,Celebrating the Legacy of Five Centuries of Armenian-Language Book Printing, 1512-2012, Univ. of Michigan, Dearborn (2012)

Chris Bohjalian, 500 Years: A Celebration of Ink and Paper and Glue, Armenian Weekly (special edition), Monday, September 24, 2012.


1) "Le livre arménien : Une culture en diaspora." Paris. October 26, 2012 at the Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC )

Paper: D. Kouymjian, "The Use and Reuse of Engravings in Early Armenian Printing: The Case of Grigor Marzvanets'i" (L'emploi et le réemploi des gravures au début de l'imprimerie arménienne : le cas de Grigor Marzvanets'i)

2) "Ports and Printers: Five Centuries of Global Armenian Print." Los Angeles. November 12, 2012. UCLA Conference.

Paper: D. Kouymjian, "Revolution or Evolution? The Armenian Book from Manuscript to Print"

Exhibit Catalogs

Le livre arménien : Une culture en diaspora. Bulac. November 2012. In French.

Program. UCLA Port Cities Conference. November 9-11.

Le livre arménien de la Renaissance aux Lumières : une culture en diaspora. Exposition à la Bibliothèque Mazarine. 26 octobre - 30 novembre 2012. In French.


British Museum

Library of Congress Exhibit

State History Museum of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Newspaper reviews

New York Times Review of Venice Exhibit

Newspaper links (Turquie)