The Golden Compasses: A Milestone in Book History

An Evaluation and New Avenues for Research

  • International conference on Friday, 13 December 2019
  • Pre-conference evening lecture on Thursday, 12 December 2019
  • Social programme on Saturday, 14 December 2019

Aim of the conference

This conference celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Léon Voet's seminal study about the Officina Plantiniana, titled The Golden Compasses. The aim of this conference is to reflect on the impact of Voet’s masterpiece and to evaluate it in the light of 50 years of continued research about the Officina. In addition, by gathering international experts from different countries – with all of which the Antwerp publishing house established and maintained firm ties – we seek to identify productive research questions left, completely or in part, unexplored by Voet

* Special offer *

On the occasion of the conference, the Society of Antwerp Bibliophiles [Vereniging van Antwerpse Bibliofielen] gives the opportunity to acquire two publications specifically related to the conference at a reduced rate. For more details, open the form here (PDF).


Prof. dr. Hubert Meeus Stadscampus Building D
D 118
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerp

Plantin-Moretus Museum

Kristof Selleslach Vrijdagmarkt 22
2000 Antwerp
Tel. +32 473 95 37 60


Goran Proot