Our second stop in Crete was in the town of Rethymno. On Stavrianos Mpiris Str. 6, just a few metres from the angry wintry sea, stands the town’s Central Public Library. Since 2017, the Library has been housed in a new modern, spacious building.
Our second organized visit to record incunabula in libraries outside Athens, this time in Crete. Crete is a special case since, until recently, we did not know about the existence of incunabula in its libraries, with the exception of the University of Crete Library copy, recorded and digitized in the digital library Anemi.
The Koventareios Municipal Library of Kozani is one of the largest and best organized historical libraries in Greece. It is famous for the large number of its early printed material, including five incunables. So, it is not surprising that the first stop in our journey of searching for and recording incunabula in Greece was Kozani and the Koventareios.
Since the summer of 2019 we visit the Greek libraries that hold old materials and we record in detail their incunabula in the database Material Evidence in Incunabula, on behalf of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation for the project 15cBOOKTRADE