The facsimiles created by Franco Cosimo Panini

For many centuries, books were considered unique objects. They could be copied but were not exactly repeatable. Consequently, they represented an absolutely precious, costly possession and were guarded like a treasure. Mostly used in ecclesiastical spheres throughout the Middle Ages, books played an extremely important role in the Renaissance culture, especially in Italy and France, where they were splendid things, coveted by the new ruling class, first the nobles, then the bourgeoisie and merchants. The great noble families, such as the Visconti, the Sforza, the Medici, Montefeltro, Este, Gonzaga and Farnese created marvellous libraries, calling upon the best amanuenses and illuminators of those times to work from court to court.

The idea of collecting the most famous of this immense heritage in a single collection had been an impossible utopia for centuries. But the enormous progress achieved with facsimile reproduction technology over the past few years now obtains results that were hitherto unthinkable: the creation of unabridged copies of manuscripts that are absolutely identical to the originals. Every book lover’s dream can now become reality: a collection of the most beautiful books in the world in an impossible Library.

Deciding which books are entitled to become part of this Library is an arduous and, all things considered, a debatable task: everyone has his own “personal” impossible library in mind. Thus, Franco Cosimo Panini has taken up a truly particular challenge: create the impossible Library of the great Italian families by gathering together the more important masterpieces made for the dynasties that built the civilization of our country in that unrepeatable period of culture and art that only Italy had experienced: the Renaissance.

Il facsimile riproduce fedelmente e in ogni suo aspetto la legatura originale in argento cesellato, sbalzato e parzialmente dorato. Completano la legatura due fermagli con piccoli rubini al centro.

Il misterioso collezionista ritratto dal Parmigianino nel 1523 stringe nella mano sinistra il Libro d'Ore Durazzo.

Ogni codice miniato è "unicum" fragile e delicato gelosamente custodito nel deposito di una biblioteca e quindi inaccessibile al pubblico e spesso anche agli studiosi. Per questo nascono le edizioni in facsimile. Tesori sommersi, riportati alla luce per tutti coloro che amano il bello e apprezzano il piacere della cultura.