Detailed guide on how to buy facsimiles

Buying fine Facsimiles: Maximising your experience in acquiring art-historical reproductions

In the vast universe of collecting and cultural heritage preservation, fine facsimiles play a crucial role. These exact reproductions of illuminated manuscripts, antiquarian books and historical documents offer a window into the past, allowing history, art and culture enthusiasts access to unique pieces, held in the world’s most prestigious museums and libraries, that would otherwise be out of reach. This detailed guide will explore how to maximise your fine facsimile buying experience, ensuring that you get exquisite quality products that meet your needs and expectations.

Buying fine Facsimiles: The importance of authenticity and quality

When entering the world of buying fine facsimiles, it is essential to understand the importance of authenticity and the quality of the materials used as in the original manuscript. These reproductions are not mere imitations; they represent a way of preserving and sharing the cultural heritage of humanity. From medieval manuscripts to Renaissance maps, fine facsimiles must be faithful to the original work in terms of using the noble materials of the illuminated manuscript: 23k gold, leather and natural parchment, gold, silver and gilded bronze fittings and clasps, authentic precious stones. This must be attested by a certificate of laboratory and gemmological analysis.

Patrimonio ediciones is the only publishing house in the world that accredits and uses authentic precious stones and fine gold. All other publishers use synthetic stones and use an ink or gold foil with a non-existent percentage of gold.

Preliminary research: Identifying your interests and priorities in acquiring fine facsimiles

Before diving into the process of buying fine facsimiles, it is essential to conduct thorough research. What type of work are you interested in? Do you have a preference for a specific period or character? What level of authenticity and quality are you looking for? Identifying your interests and priorities will help you focus your search and find fine facsimiles that meet your expectations.

Evaluating the authenticity and quality of the fine facsimile: A fundamental step

When buying fine facsimiles, it is crucial to make sure that they are authentic and of exquisite quality. Research the reputation of the publisher, verify the authenticity of the reproduction, and carefully examine the details and quality of the work. Quality fine facsimiles should be a faithful representation of the original work, capturing both its content and artistic essence.

The importance of pre-printing

Pre-press work is key to the exquisite quality of the reproduction of the original manuscripts. Such work, if carried out meticulously, can involve several years and significant additional costs. At Patrimonio Ediciones, we make around 20 visits to the library to check each page of the original illuminated manuscript against the pre-print proofs, making adjustments to tone, colour intensity, gold and silver until the fine facsimile is faithfully and identically reproduced. The final revisions are always carried out by the publisher.


Right image: The editor comparing folio 4v of the original codex with the pre-print proof of the fine facsimile Vaticinia Pontificum of Benozzo Gozzoli.

The small number of replicas and the enormous international interest, guarantee that the edition will be sold out and its subsequent revaluation.

Consideration of historical and artistic value when buying fine Facsimiles

In addition to authenticity and quality, it is important to consider the historical and artistic value of the original manuscript. What is the relevance of the original work to history or art? We suggest that you select a manuscript illustrated by genius painters which will guarantee the future revaluation of the fine facsimile such as The Turin Prayer Book illuminated by Jan van Eyck or The Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry illustrated by the Limbourg brothers.


What unique or significant features does the fine facsimile offer in terms of content or quality? Assessing these aspects will help you make an informed decision and select fine facsimiles that will enrich your collection and experience.

As fate would have it, in some cases, the original manuscripts have suffered atrophy, significant deterioration or total loss by fire as happened in 1904 with The Turin Prayer Book Based on the existing photographs and after 15 years of work, Patrimonio Ediciones was able to reconstruct this work of art in fine facsimile.

Exploring purchase options and prices: making the best purchase

Once you have defined your interests and priorities, it is time to explore purchasing options. Consider buying directly from specialist fine facsimile publishers such as Patrimonio Ediciones. Be sure to take into account the cost of the fine facsimile, the possible financing offered by the publisher. Patrimonio Ediciones offers free financing for its customers and includes shipping costs.

Care and conservation of the fine facsimile: Preserving your acquisition

Once you have purchased your fine facsimile, it is crucial to take proper care of it to ensure its preservation for future generations. Store it in a safe place and protect it from direct sunlight, humidity and dust, as well as aggressive cleaning products. Handle it with care and avoid exposing it to adverse conditions that may damage it. Remember that these fine facsimiles are cultural treasures that deserve to be treated with the utmost care and respect. Patrimonio ediciones offers you a book-keeping case for their optimal conservation.

The importance of choosing an experienced and trustworthy publisher: Patrimonio Ediciones’ commitment

When it comes to buying fine facsimiles, finding an experienced and trustworthy publisher is essential to guarantee a satisfactory experience. Companies like Patrimonio Ediciones stand out for their commitment to quality, authenticity and excellence in the reproduction of art-historical works. With over 30 years of experience in the field of fine facsimile publishing, Patrimonio Ediciones offers a wide range of high quality reproductions, backed by a team of experts in art, conservation and restoration. By choosing a publisher like Patrimonio Ediciones, you can be assured that you are acquiring fine facsimiles that have been carefully selected and produced to the highest quality standards. Its reputation in the international market and its commitment to the preservation of cultural heritage make Patrimonio Ediciones a reliable choice for fine facsimile enthusiasts and collectors in search of exceptional works of art.

Patrimonio Ediciones wins First Prize for Best fine Facsimile for Las Muy Ricas Horas de Juana I de Castilla.


Buying fine facsimiles is more than acquiring simple reproductions; it is an experience that allows us to connect with the past and preserve cultural heritage for future generations. By following the steps and considerations mentioned in this guide, you can maximise your buying experience and enjoy high quality fine facsimiles that enrich your collection, art-historical knowledge and heritage.