Top 10 Unique Most Expensive Books in the World

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Most Expensive Books It is a list of the highest known prices paid for books, manuscripts, and documents. The earliest sale on the list is of 1983. Most of the books were originally published between 1600 and 1850. The most typical book on the list is John J. Audubon’s book The Bird’s of America. However, that books can make people rich and more often than we imagine. Here I am presenting the top ten most expensive books ever sold on 22 July 2015.

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10. Gutenberg Bible ($4,900,000)

10 Gutenberg BibleThis book also is known as the 42-line Bible, the Mazarin Bible or the B42. It was the first major book printed by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz using mass produced movable type in the western world in 1455. It has worth $4,900,000. This book was widely praised due to its aesthetic and artistic qualities. It was sold to Christie’s t Japanese Book Dealers Maruzen Co, and recently present in Germany. Forty – nine copies of this valuable book survive and 31 are in perfect condition. It is the most outstanding book in the world even no copy of this world has been sold since 1978. It was written in Latin; The Catholic Gutenberg Bible is an edition of the Vulgate. The second edition of Bible is 36-line Bible, but it is the work of another printer. It is present as
” Gutenberg Bible US”
“Gutenberg Bible UK”.

9. Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies (The First Folio Mr. William) $6,100,000

9 Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & TragediesIt was first published in 1623 after the death of William Shakespeares; It contained 36 plays, and this book was compiled by his colleagues John Heminges and Henry Condell. It had a worth of $6,100,000 and was sold to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2001 at Christie’s. It is accepted the most enduring work of English literature. It is known as ” The First Folio.” It is the most reliable source for the text of roughly 20 plays, and one copy would be worth £4-5 million. It has only 40 copies complete out of 220 copies. It is present as cheap copies “The first Folio US” and “The first Folio UK

8. Canterbury Tales ($7,500,000)

8 Canterbury TalesCanterbury Tales is a 15th-century book the first edition was sold for $7,500,000 at auction in July 1998. The author of this book is Geoffery Chaucer. It is a collection of 24 stories that runs over 17000 lines. It was written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer and fetched seven times its estimate. William Caxton printed a dozen copies of its 1477 first edition that still exists. It has two other copies
” The Canterbury Tales US”
“The Canterbury Tales UK”

7. The Birds of America ($11,500,000)

Britain Sothebys SaleIt was first published between 1827-1838 in Edinburg and London. This book is about the America’s varied bird life, written by painter and naturalist John James Audubon. It was sold at Sotheby’s London for $11,500,000 in December 2010 with two other books “Lord Hesketh” and Manuscripts and Drawings from the Collection of Frederick during the magnificent sale. Two further copies of this book were sold for $8.8 million and $7.2 million. Audubon French Ornithologist used wires to prop his subject into a natural position.

He shows them in their natural habitat, work consist of hand colored life size prints made from engraved plates He was drawing them to life size even if that meant contouring the poses of the large birds to fit them within the double-elephant folio page size. The price of this book was a record for a printed book, placed by London-based art dealer Michael Tollemache. This book includes images of six extinct birds Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, Esquimaux Curlew, Passenger Pigeon, Great Auk and Pinnated grouse. Two cheaper copy of Birds of America are:
“The Birds of America US”
“The Birds of America UK”.

6. Gospels of Henry The Lion ($11,700,000)

6 Gospels of Henry The LionThis book was made n commission for Duke of Saxony for the altar of the Virgin Mary in the church of St. Blaise’s Abbey at Brunswick Cathedral. This volume is the masterpiece of Romanesque book illumination of a 12th century. This precious book was purchased by German Government at auction for $11,700,000 in December 1983. It was the most outstanding book in the world up to 1994 when Bill Gates bought the Codex. The gospel book, preserved completely intact, with 50 full-page miniatures, is kept in the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wofenbuttel, and for security reasons is displayed only once every two years. Fewer price copies of this book include “Gospels of Henry the Lion US” & “Gospels of Henry the Lion UK.”

5. Rothschild Prayer Book (Hours) $13,600,000

5 Rothschild Prayer BookThe Rothschild Prayerbook or Rothschild Hours is a famous Flemish illuminated manuscript book of hours. Many artists compiled this book in a year between 1500-1520. It contains 254 folios with a page size of 228 × 160 mm. It has worth $13,600,000. It is the record price for an illuminated manuscript. It was sold to Australian Kerry Stokes at auction from Christie’s New York when it was on display in the National liberty of Australia. Hard form of this unique manuscript also present in two cheap copies “Rothschild Canticles US” other one is ” Rothschild Canticles UK”.

4. Bay Psalm Book ($14,165,000)

4 Bay Psalm BookBay Psalm Book is an important piece of the history. It was the first book printed in British North America and written in Colonies. It was published as a result of dissatisfaction with the two Psalter translations that were available to early residents of Massachusetts Bay colony. Its first edition was published in Cambridge in 1640. One of the finest surviving copy of this book is present now in America and sold at an auction in New York for $14,165,000.
The Congregationalist Puritans who emigrated to Massachusetts Bay in search of religious freedom translated and produced a version of the Book of Psalms. The book’s pre-sale estimate cost was $15/30 m. It was the most expensive printed book ever sold once to David Rubenstein for $14,200,000. The Psalms is translated into English The translations are not particularly polished, and not one has remained in use, although some of the tunes to which they were sung have survived. Bay Psalm US and Bay Psalm UK are present for reading.

3. St Cuthbert or Stonyhurst Gospel ($14,300,000)

3 St Cuthbert or Stonyhurst GospelIt is an early 8th-century pocket Gospel book written in Latin. It is the earliest example of bookbinding. It decorated with leather binding, and it is one of oldest Western bookbinding and present in the finest essential condition for a book of this age. This book had taken its name from Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, North East England, in whose tomb it was present a few years after his death in 1687.This smallest surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscript was obtained by the British Library for $14,300,00 in April 2012 after a successful fund raising campaign. Less price form of this most miniature survives script is “St Cuthbert Gospel US” and “St Cuthbert Gospel UK.”

2. Magna Carta (exemplar) $21,300,000

2 .Magna CartaIt was also called Magna Carta Libertatum (Latin “the Great Charter of the Liberties”) Author of this Magna Carta is John, King of London, his barons and Stephen Langton.David Rubenstein purchased an excellent copy of Magna Carta 1297 at Sotheby’s New York for $21,300,000. “Magna Carta US” and ” Magna Carta UK” are the less expensive copies of Magna Carta.

1. Codex Leicester ( $30,802,500)

1 Codex LeicesterCodex Leicester is also known as Codex Hammer. Leonard da Vinci writes this collection of scientific writings. The first part of this book name Codex is named after Thomas Coke and later created Earl of Leicester, who purchased this book in 1719. Codex is the most famous of 30 scientific journals of Leonardo’s. This codex consists of 72 pages. It was sold at Christie’s auction to Bill Gates on 11 November 1994. The price of this original and unique manuscript is $30,802,500. It was handwritten in Italian using mirror writing and supported by drawings and diagrams. Cheaper copy of this document is” Codex Leicester US “and” Codex Leicester UK.” This book provides understanding to an inquiring mind of Renaissance artist, thinker and scientist as well as provides an extraordinary illustration of the link between art and science and creativity of scientific process.

List of Top Ten Most Expensive Books Price

Rank Book Name Price
1. Codex Leicester $30,802,500
2. Magna Carta (exemplar) $21,300,000
3. St Cuthbert or Stonyhurst Gospel $14,300,000
4. Bay Psalm Book $14,165,000
5. Rothschild Prayer Book $13,600,000
6. Gospels of Henry The Lion $11,700,000
7. The Birds of America $11,500,000
8. Canterbury Tales $7,500,000
9. Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies $6,100,000
10. Gutenberg Bible $4,900,000

Conclusion :


We conclude from this article that whatever is the price of a book, how much cost it has but for books lovers and for those who know the worth of a book, it is priceless. These books tell a lot about world history. However, these precious books are highly priced, and cheap copies are available for book lovers.

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