Catechismusa prasty Szadei, Makslas skaitima raschta yr giesmes del
kriksczianistes bei del berneliu iaunu nauiey sugulditas...
Königsberg: Hans Weinreich Publishing House,
1547. 79 pp.
"Broliai seserys! Imkit mane ir skaitykit..." (Brothers
and Sisters! Take me and read me...) - you can listen to the first
lines from the Foreword of the First Lithuanian Book.
The first Lithuanian book, prepared by Martynas Mazvydas,
Lutheran priest and rector of Ragaine
This is the first primer, catechism, book of hymns in Lithuanian.
The foreword "Knigieles paczias byla ..." is the first original
verse in the Lithuanian language.
is assumed that the number of copies printed was approximately between
200 and 300. Only two copies are extant and they are preserved at the
Vilnius and Torun (Poland) University libraries. Some photocopies of
"Cathecismusa..." were published in Lithuania.
name of Mazvydas was not forgoten. The 400th anniversary of the issue of
the book was marked in occupied Lithuania and by the community of
Lithuanian émigrés abroad in 1947. In 1976
the park of sculptures established in Klaipėda bears his name,
the mountain peak (4560 m.) in the Tien Shan mountains has the
name of Martynas Mazvydas. Lithuanian mountaineers
were the first to get there in 1979.
the motif of M. Mazvydas
is often used in works of literature, music and art.
Streets of Lithuanian towns are named after him, monuments erected
to him. One of them is the monument to Martynas Mazvydas in Klaipeda unveiled in 1997.
1997 the 450th anniversary of the first Lithuanian book publishing was
celebrated widely in Lithuania and in the World. There were many conferences,
exhibitions, special publications issued,
the jubilee coin and
the 450th anniversary medal
were minted at the Mint of Lithuania.
This page is just a small introduction.
In a Guided Tour you will see all connected pages, find more texts, pictures
and music recordings related to the first Lithuanian book and its 450th
have more time, welcome to the web site
YEAR OF LITHUANIAN BOOK. It contains pictures of pages from M. Mavydas book
and presents its historical background and cultural context of it appearance. It
provides you with the opportunity to listen to M. Mavydas' hymns and get
acquainted with old and modern maps as well as the place names in East Prussia
or Lithuania Minor. Here you will find items devoted to 450th jubilee - pictures
and descriptions of a medal, a coin, and postage stamp, see exhibitions of
bookplates, and drawings by schoolchildren, discover a bibliography and
chronicle of anniversary.
A source containing the most extensive information on the subject is
THE YEAR OF THE LITHUANIAN BOOK- LIETUVIKOS KNYGOS METAI - JAHR DES
LITHAUISCHEN BUCHES [CD-ROM, Lithuanian, English, German]. Vilnius: Institute of
Mathematics and Informatics, 1998. - ISBN 9986-680-09-3.
A Virtual Exhibition of a
Millenium of Lithuanian Cultural Heritage:
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