Museo del Libro Antiguo


The fascinating Museo del Libro Antiguo showcases the greatest hits of the early days of Guatemalan printing, plus a replica of Guatemala's first printing press, which began work here in the 1660s. One of its earliest products is prominently displayed: a first edition of Don Quixote de la Mancha (Part II).

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