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A “Pop Bible” for a Lay Audience

You don’t need to understand Anglo-French biblical verses to read this bible: written and illuminated in the 14th century, the codex features dozens of powerful illustrations.

On the history of Illuminated Manuscripts and their Facsimiles

Detail of the Holkham Bible

A “Pop Bible” for a Lay Audience

You don't need to understand Anglo-French biblical verses to read this bible: written and illuminated in the 14th century, the codex features dozens of powerful illustrations.

Detail of the Medici Aesop

Fabled Manuscripts

It is hard to tell who Aesop really was, but hundreds of generations have read his Fables. And in 15th-century Italy, a group of prominent painters illustrated many of his tales in a lavish manuscript.

Detail of the Da Costa Hours

Feasting Around the Table in Centuries Past

Did you know that ancient cooking manuals contained humor and parody? Or why Dante called one of his poems "The Banquet"? Take a peek in the kitchens and dining rooms of bygone centuries!

Detail of the Triumphs of Charles V

Magnificent Feats

Which illuminator gave life to Charles V's military achievements through painting? An Alumina article sheds new light on a collection of 16th-century parchment leaves kept in the British Library.

Detail of Ramon Llull's Breviculum

“Modern Men Like Brevity Above All Things”

Around 1260, the Catalan mystic Ramon Llull set out to convert Muslims to Christianity with mathematical diagrams – he ended up with a logical method that influenced philosophers for generations.

Detail of the Papyrus Ani facsimile

From the Nile Banks to Laser Machines: Making a Papyrus Facsimile

How challenging is it to produce a papyrus facsimile? In this interview, CM Editores tell us all about how they managed to replicate a two-millennia-old treasure that merges ancient Egyptian figurative art and afterlife beliefs: the Papyrus Ani.

Detail of the Berry Apocalypse

New Facsimile Unveiled: The Berry Apocalypse

This year at the Frankfurt Book Fair our friends from Müller & Schindler surprised us with a new, unprecedented manuscript of the Apocalypse made during a troubled time for Europeans: the beginning of the 15th century.

Colorproofing the Psalter of Blanche of Castile

Kneeling Before a Holy Relic – The Royal Psalter of Sainte Chapelle

This is the story of how I got to lay my hands on the original leaves of the Psalter of Blanche of Castile. I knew that the manuscript Müller & Schindler is planning to publish in facsimile is a piece of world history, but I wasn’t expecting such a holy experience.

2019 Frankfurt Book Fair

My Weekend at the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair

Twelve sketchbooks by Leonardo da Vinci, an augmented reality app, a fairy tale book illustrated by Picasso, and an apocryphal Don Quixote: this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair has so many amazing facsimiles to offer that I can’t choose my favorite!

A Renaissance Exhibition in Book-Form

Ever dreamed of hosting a Renaissance exhibition in your living-room? With the new facsimile by Quaternio Verlag, unveiled at the Frankfurt Book Fair, you can!

Detail of the Bamberg Apocalypse

A Peek Into Ottonian Splendor: The Bamberg Apocalypse

Between the 10th and 11th centuries, Germany became the center of European book illumination due to the brightly colored surfaces, sumptuous gold, and spiritual intensity of its manuscripts. Scroll down to see the video!

Detail of the Menazilname

On the Footsteps of an Ottoman Sultan

Are you ready to travel five centuries back in time? Pack your walking shoes, open our interactive map, and let's follow the Ottoman troops in 16th-century Baghdad, Tabriz, and Aleppo. Scroll down to see the video!