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You can now get your own copy of the original manuscript of Noli Me Tangere

By AYIE LICSI Published Jan 11, 2024 6:59 pm

A facsimile of the original manuscript of Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere is now available for purchase.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) announced the book's faithful reproduction on Jan. 10. A copy of the book is priced at P2,450.

The facsimile features the novel in its original Spanish and in Rizal's handwriting, complete with his edits, corrections, and deletions as submitted to the typesetters of Berliner Buchdruckerei Aktiengesellschaft in Berlin in March 1887.

Those who wish to order the book can do so through the NHCP online bookstore or by calling the Property Section of the office at (02) 5335-1209.

Rizal's Noli Me Tangere was first published in 1887 in Berlin, Germany. The Philippine National Hero first wrote the novel when he was in Spain and continued it while he was in Paris, France. 

The book, which is read by high school students in the Philippines, tells the abuses, poverty, and violence Filipinos endured during the Spanish occupation.

The NHCP earlier released a facsimile of El Filibusterismo as well as compilations of Apolinario Mabini's political writings. It also recently launched the National Memory Project where Filipinos can access Philippine history text.