about our namesake

Mercurius or Mercury, the Roman counterpart of the ancient Greek god Hermes, is undoubtedly best-known for his communicative skills: He is the iridescent messenger of gods, the light-footed mediator of news and information. Whose name could have been more suitable for our online-bookstore than that of powerful Zeus’s and beautiful Maia’s ingenious and charming son? His effervescent temperament as the god of trade, the inventor of the lyre,             the protector of travellers and roads, sleep and dream is a metaphor for books and reading in general – and for what we are doing.