7Jan

Old, Expensive Books

The BBC talks about The 15th Century Gutenberg Bible:

The book is one of several influential scripts being investigated by Melvyn Bragg for BBC Radio 4, as he looks at the written world and how it changed our intellectual history.

And the Guardian reports on an auction for the World’s most expensive book, John James Audubon’s Birds of America:

A copy of the world’s most expensive book, John James Audubon’s 19th-century masterpiece Birds of America, is set for auction later this month and is expected to sell for up to $10m (£6.5m).

Only 120 complete sets of Audubon’s 435 hand-coloured, life-sized engravings of America’s birds are believed to exist today, with the majority (107) owned by institutions. The last full edition of The Birds of America, which went up for auction in 2010, sold for £7.3m at Sotheby’s, breaking the world record for a single book.

Don’t think I’ll be adding either of those to my wish list any time soon.

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  • Kath

    What would you even do with them, anyway? You wouldn’t really be able to curl up in bed with that in your lap, would you? :p