The beauty of Taschen facsimiles

cover_va_book_of_miracles_int_1309231705_id_719659I really do not know how how Taschen manage it – or why, if they can, other publishers cannot. They seem to have the monopoly on the production of (relatively) affordable reproductions of visually-rich works of historic interest. The latest of these to have come to my attention is The Book of Miracles – a facsimile of a stunning mid-sixteenth-century illustrated manuscript produced in Augsburg and dealing with wondrous events in the creator’s ancient and medieval past, present, and – as suggested by the Book of Revelation – future. (In keeping with the widespread apocalypticism of the time, this last span of time was not expected to be very long).

Thanks to Facebook (by which, through colleagues, I was alerted to the publication of this volume), Amazon (where I added it, in hope rather than expectation, to my wish list), a ‘milestone’ birthday, and a pair of very generous friends, I am now the delighted owner of a copy of this Taschen reproduction. It has joined, in my library, several equally stunning volumes in facsimile: the Nuremberg Chronicle, Andreas Cellarius’s Harmonia Macrocosmica, and a number of volumes of the Blaeu Atlas Maior.

Thank you, Taschen. And in case you’re reading this, a facsimile of the 1550 Latin edition of Sebastian M√ľnster’s Cosmographia would make the perfect companion to these volumes…