The Magna Carta 800th Committee in association with the Folio Society is pleased to offer this facsimile of one of the four original surviving copies of Magna Carta, the charter imposed on King John by his rebellious barons at Runnymede on 15 June 1215. The Folio Society’s facsimile of Cotton MS Augustus ii.106 has been painstakingly created to capture the appearance and feel of the original document.
A great collector's item. Limited to 480 copies worldwide.
Magna Carta redressed the wrongs committed by the notoriously cruel king and granted new rights to his subjects. The Charter is viewed as marking the beginning of the rule of law, and is a potent symbol of the individual liberties which are held dear across the free world. It was widely cited by the opponents of King Charles I in the English Civil War, as well as the French Revolutionaries, and it forms the basis of both the American Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
The year 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of this famous document, and commemorative events – including a special exhibition by the British Library, the largest in its history – are planned across the United Kingdom and the United States. Magna Carta is set to be the focus of the world’s attention as never before.
The facsimile will reproduce one of two original copies held at the British Library. Cotton MS Augustus ii.106 is remarkably well preserved, and the facsimile has been painstakingly created to capture the appearance and feel of the original document. It is printed on a single piece of hand-cut parchment, with a replica seal attached. It is displayed on a linen-mounted board covered by protective glass, in an oak frame bearing a descriptive brass plaque. It is accompanied by a certificate of authentication signed by an officer of the British Library.
The Limited Edition Magna Carta Facsimile has been created to capture the feel of the original document.
- Single piece of hand-cut parchment
- Seal attached by parchment tag
- Framed in oak and glass
- Brass plaque on frame
- 12½” x 20” (parchment) 22” x 27” (frame)
- Signed by David Way of the British library
- ‘Certificate of Authentication’ printed letterpress
The single piece of parchment used for each facsimile has been die-cut by hand to replicate the shape of the manuscript and the seal is attached to the document with a parchment tag as it would have been 800 years ago. Displayed on a linen-mounted board behind protective glass, in a beautiful oak frame bearing a descriptive brass plaque, the imposing stateliness and elegance of this artefact leave you in no doubt that you are in the presence of a document of true historic significance.
On the reverse of the frame is a label stating the unique limitation number. Each facsimile of Magna Carta is accompanied by a certificate of authentication signed by an officer of the British Library. The certificate is printed letterpress on Zerkall paper with deckled edges and is numbered by hand; it is presented in an envelope also printed letterpress.
In addition, a copy of the most recent and authoritative study of Magna Carta is included with each facsimile – Magna Carta: The Foundation of Freedom 1215–2015, published by Third Millennium Information in collaboration with the British Library and the Magna Carta Trust. For this richly illustrated volume, the acknowledged world authority on the subject, Professor Nicholas Vincent, is joined by a range of experts from around the world to provide a definitive account of Magna Carta. The book also contains a complete English translation of the 1215 text of Magna Carta.