of the Publishers and the Published of Catalonia

Montserrat, 1950-

Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat

(Updated 09/05/2017)

The Abbey Montserrat is the publishing entity more ancient of the world, since the 1498 until the 21st century Montserrat has been, practically without interruption, an institution —and at a later date a publisher— that has promoted the apparition of many thousands of images, of engravings, of books and different kind of magazines.  During the 20th century, the abbot Antoni M. Marcet stimulated the creation of a publisher in the modern sense of word, with several collections of books and with general and academic magazines, reduced still to the religious subjects.

The abbot García Jiménez de Cisneros established an own printing to the monastery, that worked since the 1499 until the 1524. It had a gap of more than two centuries —between the XVII and the XIX centuries — but after this break in the production the things went back to work and in the fifty years increased  the publishing activity of the monastery but no only of the Catalan culture, also proliferated the publications in Spanish language, Latin and in the diverse languages of Europe.

At present, the main subjects published by the institution are, history, art, essay, studies of language and literature, religion, music for schools, the hiking and childish and juvenile book. In addition to the edition of books, also publishes of twice-weekly and monthly shape the magazines Serra d'Or, Tretzevents, Piu-Piu, Documents d'Església, Qüestions de Vida Cristiana, Studia Monastica, Randa, Catalan Review and Caplletra.  

Nowadays the publishing catalogue is over 3.000 titles.

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Publicacions l'Abadia de Montserrat preserves the collection since 1950. Consultations only by permission. For further information: <direccio@pamsa.cat>


More information and documentation on the works produced

Catalogue of publishers of Catalonia until 1939 (Biblioteca de Catalunya)

Website of the publishing house

Altés i Aguiló, Francesc X., Massot i Muntaner,  Josep,  Faulí, Josep. Cinc-cents anys de Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat. Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, 2005.

Llanas, Manuel. L'edició a Catalunya. Segle XX (fins a 1939). Barcelona: Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya, 2005.

Llanas, Manuel. L'edició a Catalunya. Segle XX (1939-1975). Barcelona: Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya, 2005