The most expensive antique books
Every self-respecting second-hand bookmaker at least once in his life was interested in which of the books is the most valuable. This will not necessarily be the oldest and most ancient book; it is also estimated by who it is, what circulation of the book and how many copies exist today. In this regard, there are currently seven books and three manuscripts in the world, which are the most expensive and valuable copies not only in a single country, but throughout the world.
According to some estimates, the tenth position is the Jewish Bible, which was created in a single copy in the ninth century AD in Babylon. Its cost according to 2012 is about four million US dollars, although back in 1989 it was sold at auction for three million one hundred eighty thousand dollars.
The ninth position is occupied by the “Geography” of the ancient Greek scholar Ptolemy. The book is unique in that it is the very first printed atlas in the world. Today, its cost is about four and a quarter million.
On the eighth position of the list of the most expensive and valuable books in the world is the treatise “On Fruit Trees.” It would seem nothing special, but this treatise by Henri du Monceau summarizes more than thirty years of research and observation related to fruit tree species, which has brought a significant contribution to agronomy and biology in general. The book is estimated at four and a half million US dollars.
In seventh place is the work of the English writer William Shakespeare, “The First Folio – Comedy, Chronicles, Tragedy.” To date, only two copies of this book have survived, of which about forty initially existed. The cost of the book is about five and a half million US dollars.
In sixth position is the first Guttenberg Bible printed with a printing press. At its core, it is no different from the original Bible, but the fact that it became the first book printed in the world makes it worth valuing about five and a half million dollars.
Fifth place is occupied by a book entitled The Duke of Northumberland’s Bestiary, which is essentially an encyclopedia of the animal world of the Middle Ages, which describes one hundred and twelve creatures, some of which are quite fictional. To date, the book costs a little over six million dollars.
In fourth place is a rather unique book by Jeffrey Chaucer called Canterbury Tales. Its cost is about eight million dollars, because of the twelve existing copies of this book, only one is present in a private collection.
The bottom step of the conditional pedestal is occupied by a book by John Audubon entitled “Birds of America.” The uniqueness of the book lies in the fact that of the more than four hundred birds depicted, they are all placed in a detailed description of each species. Each page of the book is about one hundred and twenty-seven centimeters high.
On the honorable second place is the Gospel of Henry the Lion. This publication is not a book, but a manuscript and exists only in a single copy. To date, the cost of the book is approaching fifteen million dollars.
And finally, in the first position of the most expensive and valuable books of all mankind is the Leicester Codex, authored by Leonardo on Vinci. This publication is not a book, but a regular eighteen-sheet workbook. The approximate cost of the book today is, according to some estimates, about thirty-five million dollars. The book is currently owned by Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.