The International Gutenberg Society (Internationale Gutenberg-Gesellschaft) was founded to encourage research into printing the history of and the book and to give financial and moral support to the museum in Mainz. It celebrated its centenary in 2000.
The society currently has ca 1350 members in 35 countries of the world.
The Gutenberg Yearbook
In the Gutenberg Yearbook, first launched in 1926 and counted among the leading specialist periodicals of the world in the fields of Gutenberg research and research into the history of printing and of the book general, the society publishes contributions on research in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish written by authors of international acclaim. Since its founding the society has also issued many other publications, among them more than 140 monographs and smaller publications of the Gutenberg Society.
The Gutenberg Prize
Together with the City of Mainz, the International Gutenberg Society awards the Gutenberg Prize. Introduced in 1968, the prize rewards outstanding technical, artistic or academic/scientific achievements in the field of printing. Since 1994, the Gutenberg Prizes of Mainz and Leipzig have been awarded in alternate years.
The first prize in 1968 in Mainz went to Giovanni Mardersteig. He was succeeded by Henri Friedlaender (1971), Hermann Zapf (1974), Rudolf Hell (1977), Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt (1980), Gerrit Willem Ovink (1983), Adrian Frutiger (1986), Lotte Hellinga (1989), Ricardo J. Vicent Museros (1992), Paul Brainerd (1994), John G. Dreyfus (1996) and Henri Jean Martin (1998). The Gutenberg Prize in the year 2000 was awarded on 24 June in Mainz to Joseph M. Jacobson.
The International Gutenberg Society
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