Among the exhibits - about 30 books, as well as objects of decorative art. Among the rare examples is the illustrated, fully engraved (each page is a separate engraving, including letters and words) primer published in 1692 by Hieromonk Karion Istomin.
Of particular interest are the alphabets, the creation of which was attended by famous Russian book illustrators and artists of the 20th century. The “Alphabet in Pictures” by Alexandre Benois, distinguished by its luxurious design and fantastic illustrations in the traditions of the “World of Art” association, belonged to Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich. Another alphabet is “Das deutsche ABC-Buch” in German - to the future Emperor Nicholas II.
The exhibition illustrates the main stage in the development of educational, children's and copyright books, as well as on the process of changing the Russian alphabet.