Facsimiles, works of publishing art

Facsimiles are, by definition, an exact copy of a manuscript or parchment made by photographic reproduction or other techniques.

The Facsimile of a manuscript or document is a product that faithfully follows every small detail of the original product, including all imperfections caused by use and time.

These copies of antique books and documents are not limited to reproducing the text of the originals, but are intended to emulate their sensitive properties, such as the size of the pages, the grammage of the sheets, the colours of the decorations, the materials of the binding and the precious elements, etc.

What characterises a Facsimile book?

A Facsimile is intended to be indistinguishable from the original book as it currently stands. Facsimiles of this kind also differ from fakes, as their copy status is disclosed.

Other features of the Facsimile are:

  • The reproduction must be commented on. The Facsimile is always accompanied by a commentary volume, which contains historical-artistic studies of the reproduced work and can sometimes collect the full translation of the text
  • The reproduction must be a limited edition, i.e. with usually fewer than one thousand copies printed
  • The reproduction must be guaranteed, i.e. it must be accompanied by a certificate of guarantee stating both the completeness and conformity of the reproduction with the original and the copy number


Facsimile print manuscripts

Quality is not limited by form or time. Printing of Facsimiles is a demonstration of this. In fact, in Europe and around the world, there are very few printing companies able to compete in this market, around 10 or 20, and the Faenza Group is the only one able to print, for example, on real lamb fleece.

Not everyone knows that creating Facsimiles of ancient volumes consists in the integral and rigorously faithful reproduction of manuscripts that are normally made on parchments by ancient scribes and decorated with images and ornamental elements.

Manuscripts are unique and perishable works; they are not exhibited but preserved in the National Libraries, Museums or State Archives. The value of the Facsimile, being completely in conformity with the original, consists precisely in representing an opportunity to consult otherwise inaccessible works.

The reproduction of these works is therefore a joint effort that combines the most sophisticated printing technologies and the most traditional craft techniques from different points of view. The Faenza Group is able to print not only on coated or parchment paper, but also on authentic vellum, the true expression of true ancient manuscripts.

In addition, illuminated codices often have golden decorations that are reproduced using different techniques, such as gold paste, silkscreen gold, hot foil gold or, to obtain more ancient effects, gold powder.

The attention to detail, the ability to apply technology and different printing techniques, ever-evolving thanks to the Group’s intense Research and Development activities, are also made available to everyday products such as catalogues, books andpackaging products as the factories and staff in charge of the various production sectors are always the same.

This is how all customers who rely on the Faenza Group can automatically enjoy a higher level of quality, without additional costs.

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