400 years of the world's first Primer

Newsletter # 32 (784) July 18, 2018
On July 24, 2018 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus will issue the stamp “400 years of the world's first Primer”.
Design: Tatyana Kuznetsova. Print process: offset. Colour: multicoloured. Paper: chalk-surfaced, gummed. Perforations: comb 131/2: 13. Stamp size: 37x52 mm. Sheet composition: 6 (3x2) stamps. Sheet size: 137x147 mm. The technology of thermal stamping by metalized foil of dead golden colour is used on the stamp and stamp margins. Print quantity: 48.000 stamps.

Printer: Republican Unitary Enterprise “Bobruisk Integrated Printing House named after A. T.  Nepogodin”.
Face value H is equal to the surface tariff of a letter up to 20 gram abroad.

No. 1268
400 years of the world's first
Element of protection
The first book in the world entitled "The Primer" was published on July 24, 1618 in the printing house of the Vilno Holy Spirit Orthodox brotherhood. It was one of the oldest Belarusian publishing houses in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which produced many books in Church Slavonic, Old Byelorussian and Polish.
In the world there are only two copies of this unique edition. One, incomplete, is in the Royal Library of Denmark; the second complete copy is in the United Kingdom, in Middle Temple Library of London.

The project was prepared in cooperation with the National Library of Belarus.

Colour of the postmark — black.

Special postmark and FDC designed by T. Kuznetsova
A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the post office No.1 of Minsk (shop “Philately”, 16 Moskovskaya street) on the stamp issuing day.

The images do not reproduce the exact specifications of the project.

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