10 Essential Details You Need to Know Before Purchasing a Facsimile Edition

What is a facsimile edition? More often than not, it is unclear what the word entails, so to change this, I will take you through the 10 top things you really should know to make informed buying decisions.

Whether for scholarly purposes or – if you’re an art lover – for pure personal pleasure, the function of a facsimile is to come as close as possible to the original document it replicates.

With such a high bar being set, the price of these beautiful editions are often correspondingly high; buyers need to make an informed decision in their purchasing process, as choosing the wrong edition could potentially entail a great deal of frustration and disappointment.

In this PDF you can find 10 things that I think you need to know before purchasing a high quality facsimile edition.

After reading, you’ll know what to expect from the edition of your choice, and your expectations will be met by the beautiful manuscript you’ll receive at home or at your library.

Table of Contents:

  1. First, what is a facsimile?
  2. Is it a full or partial facsimile?
  3. Has the facsimile got the original binding?
  4. Is the facsimile hand-bound?
  5. What kind of support is the facsimile produced on?
  6. Gold: is it real or fake?
  7. Is this the first time the manuscript is reproduced in facsimile? If not, what’s the difference to previous versions?
  8. What kind of printing technique was employed to print the facsimile?
  9. Does it have a commentary volume? In which language(s)?
  10. Is the facsimile you’re going to purchase new, like new or used?