The Golden Compasses: A Milestone in Book History

An Evaluation and New Avenues for Research

This conference celebrated 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 was 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 sought to identify productive research questions left, completely or in part, unexplored by Voet.

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


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