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Fine art facsimile editions

Here are the facsimiles of our catalog. To see more details on them simply click on the title of it.

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Cantino’s Map (Ref:B2011)

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Family: Maps    Time: XVI century

It is unanimously regarded as the most beautiful among Renaissance geographical maps and it bears witness to the discovery of America. It was manufactured and illuminated in Portugal in 1502, right after Columbus’ and Vespucci’s voyages. It is drawn on six vellum sheets joined together making up a single 105 x 220 cm sheet.

German Prayer Book of the Margravine of Brandenburg (Ref:L2003)

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Family: Book of Hours    Time: XVI century

In the year 1520, in the middle of the turbulent times of Renaissance and Humanism, an ornate, yet highly intimate prayer book in the German language was produced in Augsburg. The town, then under the Fugger dynasty, was not only an important place of commerce and finance, but also one of the major centres of German book illumination. The book was commissioned by Kasimir, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach and his wife, Susanna of Bavaria, whose portraits and coats of arms decorate the manuscript. Margarine Susanna was the niece of Emperor Maximilian, a generous patron of the arts throughout his life. He commissioned works from some of
the greatest European painters, such as Dürer, Cranach and Holbein.

Model Book of Giovannino de Grassi (Ref:B2009)

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Family: Secular    Time: XIV century

The Model book of Giovannino de Grassi is the best known and most precious manuscript in the ‘’Angelo Mai’’ Library in Bergamo and is commonly regarded as the most important example of the late Italian Gothic art. Created in the late XIV century in the Visconti court, the codex, a so-called model book, comprises 77 drawings and 24 letters of the alphabet in excellent quality.

The Hildesheim Golden Calendar (Ref:41029)

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Family: Religious    Time: XIII century

The Impressive early Gothic deluxe manuscript produced at the height of the Saxon book illumination tradition, comprises nine pages of considerable size: a complete calendar with rich architectural decoration and elaborately designed zodiac signs as well as two magnificently painted pages showing five scenes from the Life of Christ: the Annunciation, Nativity, Crucifixion, Ascension and Maiestas Domini. The individual miniatures of these fragments are executed as expressive colour paintings with luminous golden grounds. The extraordinary Calendar mirrors the harmonious fusion of a charging conception of the arts with a lively, exciting meaning of expressions.

Hundred Images of Wisdon. Christine de Pizan (Ref:)

Author: Christine de Pizan

Family: Secular    Time: XV century

Christine de Pizan put her extensive literary activity to the service of the most prominent princes in her environment: King Charles VI and Queen Isabel of Bavaria, Louis of Orleans, and the Dukes Jean of Berry and Phillip of Burgundy. She created magnificent illuminated manuscripts of her own works for these noble bibliophiles.

The Book of Lovers (Ref:41030)

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Family: Liturgical    Time: XVI century

The moving story of love without words

Faithful facsimile edition of the manuscript, ms. 388 in the Musée Condé, Chantilly, produced at the beginning of the 16th century in France.
30 pages. Format: 20.2 x 13.4cm. Limited to 500 numbered copies. Bound in green leather with gold engravings, following the original 19th-century binding. Academic commentary volume by Dieter Röschel, Michael Zink and Patricia Stirnemann.

The Bening Quadriptych (Ref:)

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Family: Religious    Time: XV century

When people start talking about miniatures, one inevitably tends to think of the astounding images in manuscripts which European art has created over the centuries. This is why we feel all the more amazed
and fascinated the first time we view the masterpiece whose physical embodiment has nothing to do at all with manuscripts – and yet is now considered one of the greatest works by probably the most famous illuminator in art history: the Stein Quadriptych by Simon Bening.

The Vienna Model Book (Ref:)

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Family: Religious    Time: XV century

Acorn tablets and a stamped leather case – a precious frame for a magnificent work of art – this is a truly extraordinary piece, not least due to its outer appearance: a total of 14 small acorn tablets lie protected in a valuable, dark stamped leather case. Each of the tablets is set with four fine, detailed drawings that are placed in small frames. The tablets were originally arranged in a fanfold, and the valuable leather case had been designed to protect the valuable contents, with a strap that probably served to carry it around as a bag

Of Wondrous Occurrences (Ref:L20X2)

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Family: Religious    Time: XVI century

Glittering golden decoration frames the beautiful, almost romantic pictures of a hitherto anonymous 15th century German artist, images created to prove the existence of inconceivable thing: birds that grow on trees; water that a virgin can carry in a sieve; as well as other, better known myths like the phoenix rising from the ashes; Circe turning humans into animals; or the lion who brings his cubs to life with a roar. All that just to prove the Mary’s virginity is part of a series of unbelievable but true ocurrences.

Albani Psalter (Ref:L20X1)

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Family: Psalter    Time: XII century

It is as if the artists of the St. Alban’s Psalter, both scribe and painter alike, had music still ringing in their ears when they executed the Psalms from 1123 to 1135 in an incredibly lavish luxury manuscript. The outstanding miniatures and painted initials of the book form such an expressive and lively colored decoration that one can imagine them movingly the rhythm of music: a fantastic picture galled from the heyday of English book illumination.

       
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