Armenia Aeterna is a pivotal work on the origins and historical evolution of what is perhaps one among the oldest countries in the world. Centuries of history packed into forty-one indispensable documents demonstrating the Armenian people’s tireless struggle for survival in a country which – in spite of facing constant attacks and tragic events – has maintained its extraordinary culture.
Armenia Aeterna is the result of several years of research and work by historians Prof. Giusto Traina (Sorbonne Université) and Prof. Aldo Ferrari (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), assisted by Dr. Immacolata Eramo (University of Bari “Aldo Moro”) and Dr. Paolo Lucca (University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”). This work has led to the discovery and selection of the forty-one documents included in this rare and unique edition, limited to a run of 991 numbered and officially certified copies, plus a deluxe edition made with precious metals limited to a run of 25.
The research was carried out across more than twenty archives found in Armenia, France, Italy, the Russian Federation, the USA, Israel and other countries. This fundamental work shows us the historical journey of a country embedded in the origins of humanity; a history marked by the ability of its inhabitants to adapt to a hostile and difficult environment, having to fight constantly with neighboring states of overwhelming political force, without ever giving up their national and cultural identity.
The original documents are scanned at the highest resolution using the latest photographic digitisation techniques for subsequent processing and copying before printing.
Stochastic screening is used for the document printing process, first selecting the parchment (paper type), and then starting the thermal stamping process, laser punching and ageing of the parchments.
We use the most advanced facsimile reproduction technology. Double hot gold stamping and laser punching combined with traditional production methods have given us a very high quality product. The 3D printing and reproduction of flat images has allowed us to recreate medals and stamps with great precision.
The final process consists of binding the volume. This is a hand-crafted process, just like in the Middle Ages, sewing up each copy with fabric.
The documents are accompanied by a study book, where they are transcribed and explained by historians, laid out in chronological order.
More than twenty archives from around the world are collaborating in the edition of this work.
The following experts have worked on research, study, transcription and writing: