In initiating their printing industry, the Moroccans chose the lithographic method over moveable type, because they felt it preserved a link to their country’s rich heritage of manuscript production. At first, the royal court was the driving force in the printing of the new lithographic books, but soon private firms appeared. The collection includes works made by all of the various printers in Fez. In addition, there are also a number of moveable type style books, printed in Morocco under the French Protectorate.
The collection was assembled by Dr. Fawzi Abdulrazak, the leading scholar of the history of printing in Morocco, and was acquired by the Penn Libraries in 2013.
All titles in the collection are described in the online catalog, Franklin, and may be consulted in the Kislak Center reading room.