On Tuesday, 22 October 2013, Latvijas Pasts is holding the first day cancellation event and ceremony for the stamp dedicated to the 425th anniversary of the beginning of printing works in the territory of Latvia.
Book printing in Riga began in 1588, when Dutchman NiclasMollyn established the first printing and publishing company in the territory of Latvia. Mollyn arrived in the territory of Latvia from Antwerp to open a printing house in Riga, Kramu Street. Two works were printed already in the first year of operation, one of which - the Carmen Gratulatorium of Riga resident AnselmsBocija - has survived to the present day. Mollyn printed more than 180 books in Riga, which were published mainly in German and Latin. Three books were printed in Latvian, among them the handbook of the Lutheran Church.
The author of the new stamp is artist ArtaOzola-Jaunaraja, who has depicted in the stamp the autograph of the founder of Riga's first printing house NiclasMollyn and the oldest surviving printing press in the world from the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp.