The Museum of Books - Virtual Exhibition

The Rare Collections Department became the basis for the  book museum in Georgia, a permanent display of the rich history of Georgian printed book. The country’s first Museum of Books is open in National Parliamentary Library of Georgia and hose some of the rarest and earliest printed Georgian books. Editions including the first Georgian book printed in Rome, Italy in the 17th Century and the 18th Century Book of Psalms published by Georgia's first printing house will be open for public viewing at the new museum. 

The Museum of Books will feature about 10,000 books from the library's archive of rare editions. In the National Library the first Museum of Books in Georgia, and the largest in the Caucasus region. The museum would feature thousands of old and rare publications. In addition to this, the museum will also present the largest and smallest examples of printing from their archives.

Guests will be able to see hard copies of the ancient texts or explore digital versions of the writings on a touchscreen display.

The first book printed in Georgian was the 1629 Georgian-Italian Dictionary, published in Italy's capital. 

The earliest book printed by a Georgian printing house was the 1709 edition of the Book of Psalms. The book is known in Georgian as 'Davitni' after the 10th Century BC King David of the United Kingdom of Israel to whom the psalms have been credited.

The Book of Psalms was printed at the first printing house established in Tbilisi by Georgia's King Vakhtang VI.

The Museum of Books - Virtual Exhibition