Christoffel Plantin in Cyberspace
At home: Anno 1584
Christoffel Plantin was sitting at his wooden writing desk and was correcting the very first proofs of the Etymologicum Teutonicae Linguae, the monolingual Dutch dictionary of Cornelius Kiliaan, by candlelight. It was already late and he was tired. He rubbed the sleep from his eyes. The printed characters glowed in the dark in front of him. He rubbed harder to dissipate them, but he made it worse. Now they were even bigger, more numurous and more colourful. They took possession of him. His whole body seemed to dissolve into these thin symbolic forms. He felt dizzy. It was as if he was pulled away from his own time.