You Should Know These 15 Things Before You Buy a Facsimile Edition
A facsimile (Latin: fac simile = “make it similar”) is the partial or complete reproduction of a historically valuable docummt. Over 1,700 facsimiles of medieval manuscripts have come onto the market in the last 100 years. Their prices range from a few hundred to many thousands of Euros, but how can you stay on top of things and find the "right" facsimile for yourself? We have developed the following guide for you, which summarizes concisely what you should pay attention to when buying facsimiles.
Here you will soon find our brief yet great guide to buying a facsimile and find out what you should look out for when shopping...
Our Great Guide to Buying Facsimiles!
1. Independent Advice
Why it matters who you buy from
2. The Best Price
When and where you can buy best
3. New or Second Hand?
What you should consider with a pre-owned facsimile
4. The Year of Publication
How technology and rarity can impact
5. Is There a Previous Facsimile Edition?
If older facsimiles are already available
6. The Limitation
Limited editions from 10 to 3,000 copies worldwide
7. Luxury, Special or Exclusive Editions
When more than one version is available
When even the smallest details count
9. Size and Weight
From the tiniest to the largest codices
10. The Paper Quality
How early papers, parchment and parchment differ
11. The Print Quality
From collotype printing to stochastic offset print
12. The Reproduction of Gold and Silver
Because not everything that glitters is gold
13. The Binding and the Cover
Hand-bound in real leather or mechanically in synthetic leather?
14. The Commentary
From the value of a key to the work
15. Your Personal Preferences
Because the bait must taste good to the fish, not the angler...
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