A FACSIMILE – AN ART HISTORICAL LEGACY IN ITS MOST BEAUTIFUL FORM
A facsimile is a piece of history. The word “facsimile” is derived from Latin and means “to make something which is similar or true to the original”. Facsimile editions are faithful reproductions of important manuscripts and books from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
They make these treasures, which are otherwise kept in national libraries and museums, exclusively accessible to art lovers and collectors in limited editions. Facsimiles make masterpieces of the past accessible and safeguard them for the future.
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TECHNOLOGY MEETS ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Our highest aspiration is to achieve the aesthetics and characteristics of the original. Colours. We faithfully replicate the original's gold and silver refinements, signs of ageing and irregularities in the facsimile. Production that is perfect in technique and craftsmanship reproduces the spirit and feel of the original. We conscientiously record each page of the manuscript in digital form.
We then separate the provided image data for print. Then we make test prints on the basis of this colour separation. We compare these test prints with the original and correct them. We repeat this for as long and as often as necessary until the colours match exactly. Only then do we start to print. We create our unique facsimile editions with a lot of patience, attention to detail and craftsmanship.
Gold played a central role in medieval manuscripts. It is symbolically important and has high decorative value. It symbolises imperishability, the divine word, wealth and power. We also apply real gold (at least 22 carat) to the facsimiles with precision craftsmanship and by using special processes. We also apply a patina in order to replicate the original's aesthetics.
Each of our facsimiles is a perfect reflection of cultural-historical book art.
The value performance of "limited" and "out-of-print" facsimiles is subject to similar factors as the art market. Supply and demand determine the price. We therefore expressly disclaim any guarantee that our facsimiles will retain their value or will increase in value.