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Officina
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1. Concept and technical equipment

From the 15th century, the printer’s workshop was called officinaofficina typographica, or typographeum, in German also Offizin or Buchdruckerey. The word officina was restricted to the larger workshops that worked with the Gutenberg system (letterpress printing). Apothecaries’ shops were also often called officinae.

Running an officina required business acumen, a taste for risk, and considerable resou…

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Werfel, Silvia, “Officina”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024955>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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