The most expensive book in the world
Books published as far back as the Middle Ages, and at that time cost a lot of money. What to say, how much they are worth today. Their value is usually in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it is noteworthy that most of these books are in private collections. Sometimes people are willing to pay enormous sums to get them ...
Codex Leicester - $ 30, 8 million
In general, the most expensive book in the world today is officially the book Leonardo da Vinci "Leicester Code", which is written mirror writing.
This 72-page collection with sketches and research notes of Leonardo da Vinci. It contains records and drawings whirlpools of currents water flows, as well as materials in astronomy and geology.
In 1717, the Earl of Leicester bought the book, which is still named after him. In 1994, Bill Gates bought the Codex Leicester for 30, 8 million. Dollars.
Gutenberg Bible - $ 25-30 million
The first book printed in movable printing process, is the traditional starting point of the history of printing in Europe. It was published in 1456. All of these books was 180: Gutenberg printed 180 copies of the Bible, 45 of them - on parchment, the rest - on the Italian paper with water marks.
And while this is not the first incunabula, among other incunabula it highlights the exceptional quality of design. Up to now in full its content is preserved only 21 book.
The first edition of Shakespeare's plays - $ 22, 6 million
Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death, the book contained 36 plays and 900 pages. In total there are 228 copies of the first edition.
Birds of America - $ 8, 8 million
The album "Birds of America" is the most beautiful book in the world. Its author, artist James Audubon. The book contains 435 prints from his engravings, which he created in the course of 12 years, as well as scientific descriptions and illustrations of birds in North America.
The book was published in 1827 and is well accepted by the public. In March 2000, one of the last of the 120 copies sold for $ 8, 8 million. Qatar Sheikh Saud.
A Treatise on fruit trees - $ 4, 5 million
The book was published in 1768 and was the most successful work of French botanist Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau. The book 16 includes a detailed description of various kinds of fruit, as well as several varieties and accompanying illustrations. She went to auction in Brussels for 4, 5 million in 2006.
Ptolemy's Geography - $ 3.9 million
This is a compilation of cartography of the 2nd century AD. In 1477 these maps were printed as the first atlas. In 2006, one of the two existing copies was sold for $ 3.9 million.
Mercator Atlas of Europe - $ 1, 243 million
Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator created the first cylindrical projection map of the world, which is still used today. Mercator characterized in that the maps are not distorted shapes and angles and distances are stored only at the equator. Currently, it is used to produce nautical and aeronautical charts.
The first Atlas was published in 1595, after the death of its creator. Atlas contained a treatise on the creation of the world and 107 maps with geographic descriptions, of which 102 were made by Mercator. Many years later, in 1967 the cards were discovered by chance in Belgium. In 1997, they bought the British Library for $ 1, 243 million.
"Tamerlane and Other Poems" - $ 662,500
This was the first printed book of Edgar Allan Poe.
In 1827, 18-year-old Poe, who later became the progenitor of detective fiction, published his first book, "Tamerlane and Other Poems" (Tamerlane and Other Poems), but the book did not come out into the light.
collection circulation of no more than 40-50 copies, and only 12 of them survived. One of which was sold at Christie's auction for $ 662 500. It is noteworthy that the name of the American writer and poet does not appear in the book. The collection was written under the pseudonym of Edgar Poe "Bostonets".
"Where the Wild Things Are" (Where the Wild Things Are) - $ 10,200
This is the first edition of the popular children's stories by Maurice Sendak, published in 1963. For Americans, this children's book is like poetry Agnes Barto or tales Chukovsky for us. It published for the first time in 1963, brought up a generation of young readers.
And in the 1979th was even created an opera, based on the book in which the text is good if typed page. But, more and more new generation go back to the dream of a distant, dreamlike, unreal country where the wild things are. Such terrible outside but inside good.
Last year on the screens out the film adaptation of the story.
As you can see, the most expensive book of the world today have a cost that is comparable with the budget of small states. Such publications have the means to take full responsibility for their safety, because they are undoubtedly a treasure of modern civilization. The most popular and widely read books in the world include the Bible and the Koran. No one can count even approximately how many copies produced every year, but we can say with certainty that nearly every family has the world or the Bible or the Koran.
Due to the particular specificity Quotations of Mao Zedong also considered to be one of the most popular books in the world. Presumably it produced about 900 million copies of this book. Of course, almost one hundred percent of the books are in China, but so many copies and making her one of the most popular books in the world.
The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter books are among the leaders of literature. For example, the Lord of the Rings produced about 100 million copies, and the number issued the Harry Potter books is rapidly approaching half a billion.
Also in the top ten most popular books in the world must be attributed "Guinness World Records" and "American Handbook of spelling."