Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation

The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is a non profit cultural and educational organization, based in Piraeus, Greece. Its aim is to promote Greek culture, both at home and internationally, and especially Greek letters and historical and maritime research.

Its Historical Library hosts and promotes the libraries, as well as several archives, of important scholars and scientists. Today it consists of over 80 distinct collections and over 480,000 volumes, including rare books, early printed books and incunabula.

The Foundation’s collection of incunabula derives from the two most prominent collections of the Historical Library: Bibliotheca Graeca (collection of Athanasios Oikonomopoulos) and the collection of the Foundation’s President, Panagiotis Laskaridis. It consists mostly of Greek or Greek-related editions, as well as of significant examples of Latin, medieval and later literature. The Collection consists of 118 titles in 124 copies and is still being enriched.

While promoting its treasures and especially the Incunabula Collection, the Foundation has been recording its incunabula in the MEI database. It also organizes events, such as colloquia and exhibitions, as well as publications on handling and promoting rare materials.