The collection of type in the Museum for the Printing Arts in Leipzig is perhaps the largest and most diverse in Europe.

Matrizen der Kleukens-Initialen

Holzbuchstaben für große Schriftgrade

Holzbuchstaben für große Schriftgrade


Digitalisierte Version der Schrift Kristall Grotesk

Anwendung der Kristall Grotesk auf Wegweisern

It consists of lead and woodblock type, matrices, steel punches, and about forty tonnes of metal from the stocks of famous former type foundries or printing firms. Among the collection are hieroglyphs, cuneiform and Sanskrit types from the Reichsdruckerei (the Imperial Printing Works in Berlin) and a set of matrices of a gothic script by Jakob Sabon, cut before 1575, making it one of the oldest printing types preserved today. 


In 2008 the first typeface from the collection has been transferred into a digital font set. Everybody can now see „Westkultur“ on the signage around the museum.

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