Why facsimiles are used
Each illuminated miniature is a wealth of surprises, but also a fragile and delicate “unicum” that’s jealously guarded in the vaults of libraries, thus inaccessible to the public and often even to scholars. This is why facsimile editions are created. Faithful reproductions of the loveliest codices, the more significant manuscripts, the most significant works ever created by man before the printing press was invented. Underground treasures brought into the light for all those who love beautiful things and appreciate the pleasure of culture.

But facsimile editions are not an exclusive operation for the elite, reserved to a small number of collectors and refined bibliophiles. Thanks to the facsimile method, museums and libraries can display the most fragile works without risk, or add to and complete their collections. The creation of a facsimile often turns into the chance for restoration work. Moreover, one can leaf through a facsimile without difficulty. A facsimile is easy to transport, allowing scholars to conduct thorough comparative, stylistic and palaeographic examinations and giving the public at large the chance to admire almost “invisible” works”.


Thus, the facsimile is not merely a highly attractive object, a work of art that lends prestige and fascination to a home. As Umberto Eco has so often underscored, it is also a bibliographic instrument of primary scientific, educational and cultural importance.