Estonian Book Year


Special Cancellation:
22.04.2000 -- Tartu

Date of Issue : April 22, 2000
Designer : Vello Lillemets
Denomination : 3 kr 60 s
Perforation : 13¾:14
Sheet Content : 20 Stamps (10 x 5)
Printing Process : Offset
Printing House : AS Vaba Maa
Quantity Issued : 498 850
Order Number : 191-03-2000
First Day Cover Number : 2000-7
Eesti Post : Estonian Book Year

The oldest known publication in Estonian, a Lutheran Catechism, was printed in Lübeck, Germany, in 1525, and ordered destroyed by the Lübeck Town Hall. The oldest partly extant Estonian publication, of 1535, is a Catechism by Simon Wanradt and Johann Koell. The Estonian Book Year from 23 April 2000 to 23 April 2001 is a nation-wide cultural event to mark the 475th anniversary of the publication of the first book in Estonian. National Book Years have been held in Estonia twice before – in 1935-36 and 1975-76.

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