Photo of the Week: replica Gutenberg printing press

Replica Gutenberg printing press at Palace press at New Mexico History Museum photo Steve Collins

Replica Gutenberg printing press at Palace Press at New Mexico History Museum, photo/Steve Collins

The Palace Press at the Palace of the Governors at the New Mexico History Museum presents The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page.  Pictured here is a replica of the Gutenberg printing press made in 1976 and acquired from the Albuquerque Children’s Museum.If you want to see how the press works and print your own copy of a page from the First Folio, visit the print shop gallery Tuesdays to Sundays from 1:30 to 3:pm. The show runs through February 28

The exhibition is in conjunction with First Folio! the Book that gave us Shakespeare opening tonight at the New Mexico Art Museum. The touring exhibition, mounted by the Washington, D.C.-based Folger Shakespeare Library, will bring the show to one museum in each of the 50 states in honor of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. The prestigious library owns 82 copies of the book, originally printed in 1623. There are 233 copies of the First Folio known to still be in existence; it’s believed that the original print run was 750 copies. Both shows run through February 28th.  

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