Across the world different cultures have combined handwriting and art to create aesthetic works of text. These differing traditions across communities and timespans are fascinating to compare.
Many medieval manuscripts are full of decorated capital letters that come in all styles and sizes.
Here's a variety of book cover designs, from children's fiction to classics of world literature.
Alphabets are the building blocks of the written languages in Europe, used to communicate, teach and decorate. Explore the beauty of typography, alphabets and languages in this gallery.
One of Bulgaria’s most cherished poets during her lifetime, today Dora Gabe is honoured both in her home country and across Europe.
Author Miloš Crnjanski’s works form an invaluable part of Serbian 20th-century literature. His creative writing – poetry and prose – as well as his life in general, were marked by key elements: migration, exile and existential drama.
How would you like having a poem composed especially for your friendship album? This is what happened to Elizabeth Adriana Staats (1823-1896).
Many noteworthy authors were put on the Index librorum prohibitorum because their works were seen to cause religious, political and moral controversies.
A Serbian writer and traveller who led a remarkable life.
A striking illustration of the relationship between Venice, Istria and Dalmatia.
Zala Mojca Jerman Kuželički of National and University Library in Slovenia introduces us to Ivan Cankar, who died 100 years ago today and is regarded as the greatest writer in the Slovene language.