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the world’s expensive books

for an addicted reader it’s no strange thing to leave all your cash at the library when you find some titles that catch your attention. but, there are some exquisite books in the world that would take your breath away. I always thought that a book is priceless for the knowledge it offers, but there are some examples where the price is surely an item of importance.

 

5. First Folio, William Shakespeare — $6 million

First Folio, William Shakespeare

First Folio, William Shakespeare

in 1623 Shakespeare & Isaac Jaggard published the First Folio titled: Mr. William Shakespeare Comedies, Histories and Tragedies and it took 18 month to finish it. the volume contained 36 of the author’s plays & each copy was sold for 1 pound. just 233 of the First Folio editions printed in 1623 are known to have survived.  in 2001, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen purchased a single First Folio original copy for $6,166,000.

 

 

4. The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer — $7.5 million

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

1 of the copies of The Canterbury Tales 1477 first edition, that was held privately, was originally purchased for £6 by the first Earl Fitzwilliam at the sale of John Radcliffe’s library at Christie’s in 1776. what a lucky guy! now it costs $7.5 million.

 

 

3. Birds of America, James Audubon — $11.5 million

Birds of America, James Audubon

Birds of America, James Audubon

written by naturalist & painter J. Audubon & containing illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the United StatesBirds of America was first published as a series in sections between 1827 & 1838, in Edinburgh & London. now, there are only 119 known complete original copies in the world & one of them was sold in London at Sotheby’s auction for $11.5 million.

 

 

2. The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict — $11.7 million

The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict

The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict

The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict

The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict

produced under the instructions of Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony,  for the altar of the Virgin Mary at the Brunswick Cathedral, this gospel book is thought to be a 12th century German masterpiece.  the preface contains a poem dedicated to Henry the Lion & his wife & the rest texts from four gospels.  the German government bought it at Sotheby’s auction of London in 1983 for $11.7 million.

 

 

1. The Codex Leicester, Leonardo da Vinci — $30.8 million

The Codex Leicester, Leonardo da Vinci

The Codex Leicester, Leonardo da Vinci

the 72-page notebook is da Vinci’s most famous scientific journal. it is handwritten by the famous painter, scientist, engineer & architect between 1506 & 1510 in Milan & it covers various subjects including da Vinci’s theories on fossils, hydrology, astronomy & much more.  Bill Gates purchased it at the Christie’s auction in New York for $30,800,000 & that’s how it became the world’s most expensive book.

 

 

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