On Ladies’ Faces Cosmetics
“De medicamine faciei feminae”
Translated by Aleksander Wojciech Mikolajczak, illustrated by Jerzy Kozimor.
Books did not always have the form of loose sheets of paper stitched together along one edge and reading was not always connected with turning pages. Papyrus, a writing material being used in ancient days for over 3500 years, fragile but easily foldable medium, enforced a book form as a long ribbon of glued sheets of paper with a wooden rod called “umbilicus” facilitating reading. So, we have published the Ovid’s poem as it would have been done by an editor in Ovid’s time. The book shape, type and arrangement of illustrations and script are the same as in an ancient scroll. Apart from that, the first 30 copies of the book were printed on the original Egyptian papyrus, whilst the rest on – hand-made paper; the first 90 copies out of 360 have hand-coloured illustrations. The book was printed at Adam Szupryczynski’s printing house in Koszalin under supervision of Jerzy Polchlopek.