The Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania published in 1588 will be shown at the exhibition of ancient and rare Belarusian books in the State Museum of the History of Belarusian Literature, BelTA informs.
First time visitors will be able to see the rare editions of the Mogilev Consistor Printing House of the 18th century as well as a small copy of Skaryna’s printing press made by Minsk pupil Mark Kodenev.
But the highlight of the exposition will undoubtedly be the highest legislative act of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Ruthenia and Samogitia – the Statute of 1588. Published in the Old Belarusian language at the Mamonichy’s printing house in Vilno the document preceded European Constitutions.
Francysk Skoryna had an enormous impact on the development of printing and writing not only in Belarus but also throughout the whole Grand Duchy of Lithuania and other Eastern Slavic countries. Thousands of charters used by ancestors of the Belarusians had been lost, but thanks to donations a copy was purchased in 2012. This was a continuation of the centuries-old tradition of patronship in Belarus.
The exhibition “The Nation of Books. The Statute of 1588 and early-printed books” is dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Belarusian printing and will take place from 1 to 23 September.