In 2014 Quaternio Verlag Luzern is celebrating its fifth anniversary with its tenth facsimile edition! For this occasion Quaternio Verlag Luzern has discovered a very special handwritten treasure in the library of a Swiss abbey.
This is the first time that the more than one-thousand-year-old monastery has opened its gates so that a facsimile could be made of one of its most valuable manuscripts: The Speculum Humanae Salvationis from Einsiedeln Abbey – A Series of 176 Miniatures on Biblical History.
With this edition Quaternio Verlag Luzern is opening a new chapter in the art of facsimiles just in time for its fifth anniversary. Quaternio Verlag Luzern has succeeded in treating the paper used in the facsimile edition so that it reproduces the vibrant, natural character of a parchment book – and the documentation portfolio is your access to a whole new facsimile experience!
Open up the Einsiedeln Speculum and be astounded by one of the most richly illustrated examples of Speculum literature ever: 176 miniatures, abundant gold foliate décor on every page, parchment binding …
This is the most famous medieval Book of Hours ever, considered by many to be the ultimate achievement in manuscript illumination: the Très Riches Heures du Duc du Berry. The manuscript starts with a splendid series of full-page illustrations for each month of the calendar. The art book edition also offers this opulent beginning, providing a unique entry to this fascinating illuminated manuscript.
Quaternio Verlag Luzern’s art book edition is the first to reproduce all sixty-six full-page miniatures from the Très Riches Heures in their original size. As always, a double-page facsimile print with the lustrous gold and magnificent colours of the original is an integral component of the art book edition.
From April, 10 to September, 21 a great exhibition brings to life the world of medieval knights and tournaments in the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen.
The facsimile edition of the Romance of Alexander is exhibited as well. It is a wonderful example of the way heroes of the Antiquity were seen in the Middle Ages.
On the occasion of this exhibition Quaternio Verlag Luzern has published a single facsimile leaf of the Romance of Alexander showing a tournament scene between Alexander and the Indian king Porus: Sondermappe at the price of € 29,80 / CHF 36.–.
The richly illustrated exhibition catalogue has been published by Quaternio Verlag Luzern.
The making of the fine art facsimile edition of the Golden Munich Psalter has been filmed by the Swiss Television station. On March 24, 2011 the report Hohe Kunst der «Fälschung» – wie das Faksimile einer Prachthandschrift entsteht was boadcast in »Kulturplatz« on SF 1.