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Special Collections at the Jen Library, SCAD-Savannah: Facsimiles

An Introduction to Facsimiles

Special Collections houses several Medieval manuscript facsimiles. A facsimile is an exact copy of a book, manuscript, or other item of historical value that has been produced to appear as true to the original source as possible. Facsimiles are often accompanied by a volume of commentary which could provide information about the digitization process, an interpretation of illustrations and illuminations. Many facsimiles in the collection are produced in limited editions and range from partial facsimiles to high-quality reproductions that exhibit corresponding holes from the original, gold leafing, gilded edges, sewing structures and materials true to the original. Facsimiles attempt to replicate the source material as accurately as possible in terms of scale, color, condition, and existing pages from the original source.  


‚ÄčDigital Resources: 

For access to digitized manuscripts, explore the links below. These digital resources provide further examples of manuscript production representing a wide range of cultures and context.


Resources For Instructors: Document Analysis Activity

The following document analysis activity encourages students to engage with collection materials utilizing critical thinking skills.  Advanced research topics for student exploration include: The history of the book, early printing and binding techniques, typography, medieval architecture, textiles and tapestries.

Private Devotional Book of Hours

Locate by Theme


Atlases, Chronicles, Cosmological & Secular Text 

Chronicle of the world: the complete and annotated Nuremberg chronicle of 1493 / Hartmann Schedel; introduction and appendix by Stephan Füssel.


Stargazing: history's most beautiful constellation maps/ Andreas Cellarius ; edited by Robert van Gent




Liber Scivias, The first theological-cosmological work by Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)


The Theuerdank of 1517: Emperor Maximilian and the media of his day / by Stephan Füssel.



Book of beasts: a facsimile of MS Bodley 764 / introduction by Christopher de Hamel.


Hagiography & Pilgrimage


Incunabula & Early Printed Books Literature

Publii Virgill Maronis opera : cum Seruii Mauri Honorati grammatici, Aelii Donati, Christophori Landini, atq[ue] Domitii Calderini Co[m]mentariis. 


Poetry & Drama



Medicine, Science & Geography

A medieval herbal: a facsimile of British Library Egerton MS 747; introduction by Minta Collins ; list of plants by Sandra Raphael.


Two East Anglian picture books: a facsimile of the Helmingham herbal and bestiary and Bodleian ms. Ashmole 1504 / edited by Nicolas Barker.


Private Devotional Books (Books of Hours)

Das Berliner Stundenbuch der Maria von Burgund und Kaiser Maximilians Handschrift 78 B 12 im Kupferstichkabinett der  Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz


The Grandes heures of Jean, Duke of Berry, Bibliothèque nationale, Paris. Introd. and legends by Marcel Thomas  [translated from the French by Victoria Benedict and Benita Eisler]


The Hours of Catherine of Cleves / Introd. and commentaries by John Plummer.



The Visconti hours, National Library, Florence. [Introductions and commentary by] Millard Meiss and Edith W. Kirsch.     


Scripture & Sacred Text  

The Ashkenazi Haggadah: a Hewbrew manuscript of the mid-15th century from the collections of the British Library

Bible. N.T. Gospels. Latin. Book of Kells. 1990. Title The Book of Kells


Die Bamberger Apokalypse : eine Reichenauer Bilderhandschrift vom Jahre 1000 / Heinrich Wölfflin




The Great Lambeth Bible: with an introduction and notes / by C. R. Dodwell




The Holkham Bible picture book : a facsimile / commentary by Michelle P. Brown The facsimile ([92] p. of plates) is reproduced from the 14th century Anglo-Norman ms. in the British Library (Ms. Additional 47682).


The Luttrell psalter : a facsimile / commentary by Michelle P. Brown.



The Saint John's Bible vol. 1-7/ handwritten and illuminated by Donald Jackson.




The York Psalter in the Library of the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, with an introduction and notes.



Insular Gospel Style

Locate by Style

Late Antique

Insular Byzantine & Eastern Medieval

Carolingian & Ottonian Romanesque

Gothic ( English, French, German, Italian & Spanish)

Northern Renaissance 


Pre-Colombian & Mesoamerican 

Codex Fejérváry-Mayer : eine altmexikanische Bilderhandschrift der Free Public Museums in Liverpool 12014/M / auf Kosten Seiner Excellenz des Herzogs von Loubat herausgegeben ; erläutert von Eduard Seler.



Medieval Herbal