The oldest book using the Cyrillic alphabet was “Ostromyrove Yevanheliye” (the Gospels of Ostromyr, 1056—1057). It was only natural that the literary works of the ancient times were of a religious nature (sermons, hymns, etc.).
With time thenumber of booksgrew. Yaroslav theWise set up alibrary at St.Sophia Cathedral.During theUkrainianrenaissance(16th—17thcenturies) a lot oflibraries appearedin Ostroh, Lviv,Kyiv’s Monasteryof the Caves.
“The Bible of Ostroh ”“The Apostle ” (1574) (1581)
The following statistics testify to the development of bookprinting in Ukraine: in 1591—1622, the print shop of Lviv putout 13 books; the one at the Kyiv Monastery of the Caves —40 books; the print shop in Chemihiv produced more than50 books over a short period of time. Lviv shop Kyiv Monastery of the Caves Chemihiv shop
A new type of literature, fiction, appeared in Ukraine at the endof the 18th century. Public libraries began to function in manyUkrainian cities and towns. The situation with Ukrainian bookschanged after the revolution of 1917.
A new stage in book printing in Ukraine began in 1980. A numberof new publishing houses specializing in a variety of spheres wereset up. . Book printing became an inseparable component of thenational economy, assuming an important role in thedemocratization of society, in the cultural and linguistic rebirth ofthe nation.
In the early 1990sUkraine numerated25,292 public anduniversity librarieswith over 400.9million volumes, ofwhich books andmagazines inUkrainianconstituted 36%.
In Ukraine, the appearance of prints ruledmanuscript book, which was a work of art.
The firstedition ofthe LvivBrotherhood weredecoratedverymodestly
But in the nexteditions ("Book ofHours,"1609, "Discussionsof education JohnChrysostom atchad" in 1609)there is a newelement ofdecoration - aplot-fashionedengraving.
Discussions of"Book of Hours" (1609) education John Chrysostom at chad (1609)