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July 31, 2000
CONTACT: Bett Miller
(410) 516-5571

Facsimile and Fakes: Friends or Foes?
An Exhibit at the Eisenhower Library

An exhibit of modern exact copies of centuries-old rare and valuable books is on display through September at Johns Hopkins University's Eisenhower Library, on the university's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

The exhibit, Facsimile and Fakes, showcases 13 of the finest book facsimiles held in the library's special collections, all created within the past 31 years. They range from a facsimile of the huge and ornately bound San Paolo Bible, originally produced between 870 and 875 AD, to a small and elegant edition of Petrarch's poems, which recreates an early printed book from one of the Renaissance's finest printers, Aldus Manutius. The double-sided, screenfolded Códice Azoyúcontains contains drawings of historical episodes, genealogical material and maps and is thought to cover the period from 1300 to 1565.

The word "facsimile" comes from the Latin "fac simile" or "make it the same." The facsimiles in the exhibit were all created for scholarly use and were made by using the latest technologies in reproduction and by employing highly skilled artisans who can recreate the present-day condition of the original. Even the irregular edges of the individual pages, smudges, holes and other imperfections match the original perfectly.

The exhibit on M-Level of the Eisenhower Library is open to the public at no charge during library hours every day from 8 a.m. to midnight, except Sundays when it is open from 10 a.m. to midnight. For information, call 410-516-5571.

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