If you’re considering collecting books or have just started your collection you might well find this video very informative. "Phil Pirages, proprietor of Phillip J. Pirages Fine Book and Manuscripts, examines book collecting, how and why people collect, why they should collect books, and the role of the bookseller in collaborating with collectors, using examples from the current Pirages inventory to illustrate the special pleasures derived from an appreciation of a book's binding, printing, illustration, and provenance.
Does bibliophilia affect a big part of your life? Well if it does; that’s great because loving and collecting books is nothing to be ashamed of - in fact,
if you are lucky enough to find one of the rarer books you could become filthy rich overnight. Below is a list of the most expensive books in the world.
However, there are thousands of others books and manuscripts that are collectables worth tens of thousands of dollars so don’t be discouraged that the top 10 are already taken.
Here is the list:
The First Book of Urizen, William Blake
Value: $2.5 Million
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling
Value: $3.98 Million
Geographia Cosmographia, Claudius Ptolemy
Value: $4 Million
Traité des arbres fruitiers [Treatise on Fruit Trees] by Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau
Illustrated by Pierre Antoine Poiteau and Pierre Jean François Turpin
Value: $4.5 Million
The Gutenberg Bible
Value: $4.9 Million
First Folio, William Shakespeare
Value: $6 Million
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
Value: $7.5 Million
Birds of America, James Audubon
Value: $11.5 Million
The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict
Value: $11.7 Million
The Codex Leicester, Leonardo da Vinci
Value: $30.8 Million
Video of the Top Ten Rarest Books, but not necessarily the most expensive.
How to Care for Rare Books
Curious about rare books? Interested in learning on how to handle rare books? Staff from the Folger Shakespeare Library show how to handle these materials safely in order to keep them available for generations to come.
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