The National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” marked 525 since the establishment of the Crnojević Printing House by exhibition of the documents of the library consultant Milenija Vračar, and by the appropriate speech of the writer and publicist Borislav Cimeša.
The finding of the machine production of books is, as Cimeša finds it, the invention of the West, i.e. of the Western humanistic culture.
“The great role of our rulers from the Crnojević dynasty is that they imported a book from Renaissance Venice to the newly created Renaissance Cetinje, which was literally born with a book. By opening the first South Slavic Cyrillic printing house and the first state printing house in European history, Crnojević dynasty bequeathed that the quill pen is mightier than the sword”, said Cimeša.
Crnojević printing house, as he thinks, has done a great historical emancipatory job by defending the spiritual identity of the Montenegrins at the time of the growing Islamic uprising.
“The great historical role of Crnojević printing house is that, through its great enlightenment, educational, scientific and artistic mission, it not only educated but aestheticized or “made artistic” human consciousness and human thinking in this region”, concluded Cimeša.
Crnojević printing house, the oldest one in South Slavs and the first state printing house in the world operated in Cetinje from 1492 to 1496. It was established by the Montenegrin ruler Đurđe Crnojević and in it, under the direction of Hieromonk Macarius, the only preserved South Slavic Cyrillic incunabula were created: Oktoih prvoglasnik (1494), Oktoih petoglasnik (1494), Psaltir s posljedovanjem (1495), Molitvenik (1495/96) and Četvorojevanđelje (1496).
The documentary “Žabljak Crnojevića”, by Branko Baletić, was also shown within the program.