A facsimile (from Latin fac simile ('make alike'), a spelling that remained in currency until the late 19th century) is a copy or reproduction of an old book, manuscript, map, art print, or other item of historical value that is as true to the original source as possible. It differs from other forms of reproduction by attempting to replicate the source as accurately as possible in terms of scale, color, condition, and other material qualities. For books and manuscripts, this also entails a complete copy of all pages; hence an incomplete copy is a "partial facsimile". Facsimiles are used, for example, by scholars to research a source that they do not have access to otherwise, and by museums and archives for media preservation and conservation. Many are sold commercially, often accompanied by a volume of commentary. They may be produced in limited editions, typically of 500–2,000 copies, and cost the equivalent of a few thousand United States dollars.

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Facsimiles and Conservation
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Facsimile Simulation Library
... The Facsimile project is a 3D, discrete-event simulation library that can be used for industrial simulation projects in an engineering and/or manufacturing environment ... Facsimile simulations run on the Java Virtual Machine under Linux, Mac OS, BSD, Unix and Microsoft's Windows ... Facsimile is open-source/free software and is distributed under version 3 of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPLv3) ...
The Scarlet Empire - External Links
... The Scarlet Empire, New York Grosset Dunlap (The Bobbs-Merrill Co.), facsimile edition at The Internet Archive Parry, David MacLean (1906), The Scarlet Empire, facsimile edition at Google Books Parry, David MacLean (190 ...
Rohan Hours - Description - Reproductions
... In 1973, the publisher, George Braziller, produced a partial facsimile ... The facsimile pages were accompanied with notes and commentaries by Marcel Thomas ... In 2006, a complete color facsimile bound in leather, issued with a separate 377-page commentary in Spanish (Grandes Horas de Rohan) was produced by A y N Ediciones, Madrid, Spain ...

Famous quotes containing the word facsimile:

    God gave the righteous man a certificate entitling him to food and raiment, but the unrighteous man found a facsimile of the same in God’s coffers, and appropriated it, and obtained food and raiment like the former. It is one of the most extensive systems of counterfeiting that the world has seen.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)