any voices that have risen in recent years to predict the demise of
the book. However, in the era of internet and telecommunications, where
time is one of the most precious , yet there are many who believe that
slow and deliberate pleasure experienced when one is immersed in the
pages of a book is not comparable with the coldness and distance that
transmit the screen of a computer or the latest technology .
If we look back 1000 years ago, the reality was quite
different. The books were true works whose production craft employed
several years and required them to engage in body and soul. The book has
grown and evolved in parallel with our society, as part of our history.
in Medieval Europe, the monks were the authors of most of the
manuscripts. In the silence of the monasteries diligently copied texts,
a task they spent a lot of time and skill. Once the work of copyists,
illuminators went into action that provided the wealth and beauty
features of these codices, turning every issue into a work of art.
The parchment was the quintessential media used. The
preparation process was arduous and lasted for several weeks. Logically
the codices were written by hand , using bird feathers, goose being the
most used and writing instruments made from reeds.
In short, a very tiring job, but done with great care
and dedication .
Kings, princes, high-born characters, both civil and
religious life, had the financial means to enrich their libraries with
these manuscripts. Manuscripts which have served to preserve and
disseminate all the wisdom hitherto known .
Orbis Mediaevalis is a company born in the XXI
century , whose purpose is to rescue those who have fallen asleep
bibliographical treasures over the centuries scattered throughout the
best libraries and museums in the world: French National Library,
National Library of Spain, National Library Russian, British Library,
Pierpont Morgan, Hermitage, Municipal Library of Lyon, Municipal Library
of Valenciennes ...
Our main objective is to obtain a copy identical to
the original , combining advanced technological resources with
traditional craft processes. The work is subject to an aging process in
order to reproduce the current conservation status of the manuscript.
The tears and scuffs that presents original are faithfully reproduced,
as well as texture and color. Orbis Mediaevalis, with his work tries to
rescue something much more important: a piece of our history and soul of
those monks who with exemplary devotion dedicated their lives to books.
So Orbis Mediaevalis not limited to reproduce works of art, but his
works are considered as works of art in themselves.
From these pages we invite you to embark on a
fascinating journey that will lead them to the mysterious and alluring
world of the Middle Ages through a tour of the most beautiful
illuminated manuscripts, rare and valuable medieval artistic heritage.
But if you are bibliophiles, book lovers par
excellence, we challenge them to continue this journey beyond these
pages, giving them the opportunity to feel the joy that those kings,
princes and knights experienced to get their hands on these precious
All of our facsimile consist of a single edition,
numbered and limited , authenticated by a notary, as well as an
explanatory study performed by the best specialists in the field.
We hope that the following pages approach them get a
little closer to medieval wisdom and awaken their interest. If so, do
not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly offer you all the
information we request. Best regards,