Printing women: European women and the book trade

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 10:00 to Friday, May 10, 2024 - 13:00
The Russell Library, South Campus

In celebration of International Women's Day 2024, the exhibition, Printing women: European women and the book trade will take place in the Russell Library from 7 March to 10 May.  This exhibition aims to highlight just some of the female printers, booksellers, and publishers in the Russell Library collection.
Printing women: European women and the book trade features some of the most well-known female printers, booksellers and publishers working in Europe from the 1500s to the 1800s.
Highlights include two beautiful volumes from the printing presses of Martina Plantin, one of which was designed by the renowned artist Peter Paul Rubens and the first bible printed by a woman.
From activists and abolitionists to the head of a printing dynasty, women have always played a vital role in book production.  The names of those recorded in the imprints of books are only a fraction of the number of women and girls who contributed to the production of books during this period. Many more, whose names are now forgotten, worked alongside their husbands, fathers, and brothers, providing essential labour, and contributing their skills and knowledge. This exhibition aims to celebrate and honour the work of these printing women.

The sway exhibition that accompanies the display is available to view here

For more information please contact the Russell Library at  or on 01 7083890