The Mainz Institute for Book Studies with its Mainzer Verlagsarchiv (Mainz Publishing Archive) has received archival materials from the Bertelsmann imprint “wissenmedia”. During an official ceremony yesterday, Katja Meinecke-Meurer, managing director of “wissenmedia”, gave the archives of the important facsimile publisher “Faksimile Verlag” to the Institute for Book Studies. The specialized facsimile publisher (Lucerne/Munich) published elaborate fine art facsimile versions of the most important medieval and early modern manuscripts. The facsimiles were all painstakingly produced as exact replicas and are limited editions, handbound and hand-numbered.
The Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) is now the fourth institution in the world to own a complete set of these facsimiles (the other three are the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, the central and university library in Lucerne and the Deutsches Historisches Museum). After the cataloguing process is complete, these special facsimiles will be available to researchers and students of book history and other disciplines.
A small exhibit of facsimiles from the “Faksimile Verlag” was opened yesterday at the Schule des Sehens on JGU campus. It will be open to the public until May 12. There is no entrance fee.
More information (in German) can be found here.