Polart has obtained the exclusive distribution of the facsimile edition of a great work by Nicolas Copernicus De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) which defines the heliocentric order of the 15th century world. This facsimile is a copy of the work contained in the collection of the Nicolaus Copernicus University Library in Toruń, Poland (Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Toruniu). It is the so-called "Kaliningrad" copy, purchased by Canon Donner for the court of Duke Albrecht Hohenzollern in Nuremberg in 1543. This work, coupled with the printings of Hyginus and Ptolemy, was bound into one volume by Kasper Anglar and included in the collection of the Castle Library in Kaliningrad, Russia. It reached Toruń after World War II with a batch of books from the Nova Library, which originated from the oldest part of the State Library and the University in Kaliningrad. Of the 300 limited edition facsimiles, 124 are available worldwide and only 30 for the USA.
About the "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium" Facsimile Edition
Nicolaus Copernicus's De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri VI was original created in Nuremberg, Germany in 1543 and printed in the Latin language. This facsimile edition measures 7.8" x 11.6" x 2.7". The paper is bond (bounds and ribs) of cotton fibers mixed with flax. The binding is boards covered with brown calf leather and fastened with two clips. The facsimile is packaged in a wooden casket with an engraved and gilded title and padded with jute fabric.
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What is a facsimile?
A facsimile edition is the photo-mechanical reproduction of a unique, practically two-dimensional model; it eliminates as much manual copy work as possible, reflects the inner and outer aspects of the original to the highest degree, incorporates all possible technical means available, guarantees the protection and preservation of the original, and is suitable for both scientific and artistic interests. A facsimile must act as a true surrogate of the original.
A facsimile is a reproduction of a unique source. In contrast to a reprint, a facsimile is also always a first edition of a manuscript. It should never reproduce only a portion of the manuscript or its decoration. Completeness is as indispensable as the original format. Accuracy to the original color tones, as much as modern techniques allow, is obvious but the thoughtful publisher and printer will make an attempt to maintain other aspects as well, such as the fascicle layout of the manuscript and points that can be decisive for a detailed study and can serve as scientific proofs. It must be possible for a scholar to work from the facsimile without using the original, thus saving it from further hardships. The type of printing process is not included among these criteria, as it is possible today to produce a facsimile using a variety of printing techniques and methods.