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The earliest known portrait of Koster, as shown in Petrus Scriverius' Laure-crans voor Laurens Coster (1628).

Koster Engraving by J. Houbraken, after a drawing by Taco Jelgersma, included in the book De stad Haarlem ("The city of Haarlem") by Van Oosten de Bruyn (1765).

A page from the Batavia (1568) by Hadrianus Junius, the oldest printed reference naming Koster as the inventor of printing, showing the passage referring to him.

Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert's preface to a translation of Cicero, Officia Ciceronis, leerende wat yeghelijck in allen staten behoort te doen (1561), wherein he affirms the claim of Haarlem being the birthplace of printing.

The bindery of Laurens Janszoon Koster. Engraving by Jan van de Velde after a design by Pieter Janszoon Sænredam, in Petrus Scriverius' Laure-crans voor Laurens Coster van Hærlem, Eerste Vinder vande Boeck-druckery (1628).

The bindery of Laurens Janszoon Koster. Engraving by Jan van de Velde after a design by Pieter Janszoon Sænredam, in Samuel Ampzing's' Beschrijvingh ende lof van Hærlem (1628).

The Speculum Humanæ Salvationis, which has long been held to be the oldest book printed in the Netherlands, and the first work of Laurens Janszoon Koster.

Front and back of two silver commemorative coins issued as part of the celebrations of the third centennial in Haarlem. Engraving from Seiz' Derde Jubeljaar (1740).

A bust of Koster. Frontispiece for Het derde jubeljaar der uitgevondene boekdrukkonst by J.C. Seiz, issued by Izaak and Johannes Enschedé in 1740.

The old statue of Koster, made by Gerrit van Heerstal in 1722. Engraving from Seiz' Derde jubeljaar (1740).

The statue of Koster erected by Johannes Enschedé in the inner courtyard of his printing company in 1768. Engraving from the Letterproef (1768).

Monument Monument of 1823 erected in the Haarlem woods. Engraving from the Gedenkschriften by Vincent Loosjes (1823).

The bronze statue of Koster which was erected in the Great Market of Haarlem in 1856. Lithograph from the Gedenkboek.

Koster sitting in the woods, looking with awe at the first impression made of a letter "A". Painting by J.A. Kruseman for the fourth centennial celebrations (1823).

Koster sitting in his workshop, stamping out letters. Painting by J.A. Kruseman for the fourth centennial celebrations (1823).

"Homage to Laurens Jans Koster". Engraving by D. Sluyter, after a drawing by A.G. van Schoone (1823).

Allegorical print for the celebration in Haarlem in 1823. Engraving by D. Sluyter, after a drawing by H.P. Oosterhuis (1823).

An engraving depicting the theft of Koster's printing materials on that fateful Christmas Eve by his disloyal servant Johannes Faust (from a series by Koster & Zeelander, 1823).

Scene from the London play The First Printer. Woodcut from The Illustrated London News for March 15, 1856.

Game A game about the Koster legend.


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