Book illumination reflects the magnificence of times long past, when artistic expression and beliefs were still one. While some of the priceless treasures from the Middle Ages have survived, time has still left its trace. Manuscripts must therefore be preserved in air-conditioned environments, preferably hidden from light, and often diligently kept, inaccessible to the public, in national and university libraries, museums and monasteries. Our declared goal as facsimile publishers is to make the artistic foundations of our Western civilization visible to the interested public.
Both the protection and safeguarding of the original as well as the publication and scientific treatment in the course of facsimile reproduction have always been a top priority. The manufacture of each of our facsimile books requires considerable technical knowledge and craftsmanship. Each individual book is the result of many different working phases, all carried out by hand, comparable only with the work in a medieval scriptorium.
What is a facsimile?
A facsimile is the faithful reproduction (an exact copy) of a manuscript, or printed book. Faithful reproduction obviously means to display in the facsimile all visible characteristics of the original work – vibrant colours, gold and silver, but also age marks or irregularities. Facsimile books are generally published in worldwide limited editions. Facsimile editions are different, not only because of the perfect technical reproduction and craftsmanship applied to each single item, but also because they capture and convey the spirit and charisma of the original.