The magic of gold
Müller & Schindler Publishers
More than 50 years of facsimile tradition
Müller & Schindler Publishers aim to make our cultural-historical heritage accessible in its finest form, the art of the book. Only the illuminated pages of a magnificent manuscript can convey the colourful world and true splendour of medieval art in its original form.
Müller & Schindler Publishers was founded in 1965 by Dr Rolf Müller and the Schindler family, with the intention of reproducing medieval manuscripts and incunabula as well as topographic and scientific prints. The first work chosen to begin this ambitious task was the famous Nibelungenlied, or Song of the Nibelungs (manuscript C in Karlsruhe ). The facsimile edition of the German heroic tale soon was an outstanding success.
In the course of the past four decades, the publishing programme was enlarged to include facsimile productions of manuscripts and early printed works of different provenance: Tristan and Isolde, the World Chronicle of Rudolf von Ems, the Evangeliary of Otto III, the Alexander Romance, to name but a few.
In addition to our own productions, we have also implemented projects in co-operation with other German publishers, such as Coron Verlag, S. Fischer Verlag and Hirmer Verlag.
One of our consistent working principles to meet the highest quality requirements is the use of real gold (minimum 22 ct) in most of our facsimile editions, in order to render the true appearance of the gold leaf employed in the original books.
The production of each of our titles is carefully monitored, from the first inspection to the taking of photographs and printing, through to the process of gilding and binding. Both the protection and safeguarding of the original as well as the publication and scientific treatment in the course of facsimile reproduction have always been a top priority. The manufacture of each of our facsimile books requires considerable technical knowledge and craftsmanship. Each individual book is the result of many different working phases, all carried out by hand, comparable only with the work in a medieval scriptorium.