This is a list of the highest known prices paid for books. Books may also refer to works of literature or a main division of such a work. A shop where books are bought and sold is a bookshop or bookstore. Books can also be borrowed from libraries. To help you brush up on your knowledge of the very old and very valuable we have compiled a list of the ten most expensive books every sold no white gloves necessary. Even in a world where books are losing popularity to collectors they are still fetching big dollars. Here is the list of the top 10 most expensive books in the world.
- The Book of Urizen:
Price: $2.5 million
The first Book of Urizen originally printed in 1794 is one of the major pieces and some say the most important in Blake’s series of prophetic works. One of only eight known surviving copies was sold at Sotheby’s New York in 1999 for $2.5 million to a private collector.
2. The Tales of Beedle the Bard:
Price: $3.98 million
This book meant to be the same children’s book that figures heavily in harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows became a mass market paperback J.K. Rowling created seven original copies each one handwritten and illustrated by Rowling herself. Making it the most expensive modern manuscript ever purchased at auction.
3. Geographia Cosmographia:
Price: $4 million
The Bologna edition of geographia cosmographia by Claudius ptolemaeus is the first to be illustrated with maps and it had a powerful impact on cartographers. His maps were inaccurate because his measurements were in error but they provide the model for all future cartographers. Ptolemy not only states that the earth is spherical but also demonstrates the use of a coordinate system based on that shape, and proposes three projections for depicting the spherical earth on a flat surface.
4. Treatise on Fruit Trees:
Price: $4.5 million
The Treatise on Fruit Trees is a five volume set written in 1750. It contains illustrations and descriptions of sixteen different varieties of fruit trees. With a 2006 purchase price of $4.5 million it has the distinction of being the most expensive book about fruit trees ever sold.
5. The Gutenberg Bible:
Price: $4.9 million
The first book printed in the west using movable type this Bible marked the age of the printed book in the west and the Gutenberg Revolution. Printed in 1455, this calfskin bound copy sold at Christie’s in 1987 for $4.9 million to Japanese Book Dealers Maruzen Co.
6. First Folio:
Price: $6 million
You wouldn’t expect books to be in the 7 figure range but the cheapest on our list is $6 Million and here’s why. Even though in earlier years, the original copy of First Folio was available only its complete copy has become one of the most prized books among collectors of modern age. As per survey, it is stated that only 228 complete copies out of 750 are available now in the global market.
7. The Canterbury Tales:
Price: $7.5 million
He Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century two of them in prose the rest in verse. The tales some of which are originals and others are not. This is the one of the most expensive book. It have been sold $7.5 pound in 8 July 1998.
8. Birds of America:
Price: $11.5 million
This is one of only 120 complete copies. This book was first owned by Henry Witham who subscribed to aududos masterpiece. Birds of America were published in parts between 1827 and 1838 and contain stunning hand colored life size illustrations.
9. The Gospels of Henry the Lion:
Price: $11.7 million
The germans paid more than $11.7 million by far the largest sum ever spend at auction for a work of art for the Gospels of Henry the Lion created about 1174 by a Benedictine monk at the great German abbey of Helmarshausen near Brunswick in Lower Saxony. The sale took place in an auction room at Sotheby Parke Bernet that was jammed with art historian’s collector’s reporters and television cameras. The auction concerns caused a sensation with the announcement in September that the book whose where about had been unknown for 50 years had been consigned for sale.
10. The Codex Leicester:
Price: $30.8 million
In 1994 he purchased Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester a manuscript that dates back to the 16th century. He paid $30.8 million for the journal at auction a price that made it the most expensive book ever sold. Gates has put the notebook out on loan to select museums this summer. Currently on view at the Minneapolis Institute of arts the Codex Leicester will travel to the North Carolina museum of art in Raleigh on October 31. The Codex provides an insight into the inquiring mind of the definitive Renaissance artist scientist and thinker as well as an exceptional illustration of the link between art and science and the creativity of the scientific process.