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The five most expensive books in the world

Every collector once think of what, for example, the most expensive coin or the rare brand. In his collection of the most valuable and how he would like to expand? But the rating of the most valuable folios already decided. It includes seven publications three manuscripts.

The absolute champion in value is considered to be a manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci Leicester code”. At Christie’s auction in 1994 for the folio was paid for 30.8 million dollars. Experts say that in the coming years the price barrier is unlikely to be someone overcome.

But in December of this year can be set to record the cost of the printed book. Auction house Sotheby’s is going to put on the auction and complete copy of the first edition of the book “Birds of America” by John James Audubon, American painter-animalist, ornithologist and naturalist. By the way, in the world there are only 119 copies, and 108 of them are in the national museums, and 11 are for private collectors. The sale of this book will surely make a sensation among the experts. The price of this publication, which will participate in the auction on December 7, is estimated at about nine million dollars.

That “Birds of America” – is a unique publication, no doubt. It was first published in 1827-1838. And during this time the book was printed only 200 copies. This is due to its giant dimensions – each page has a height 127 see a Full copy of the book consists of 435 prints prints, painted by hand. The size of each engravings depicting birds in natural size – 90 60 see Continue reading

These days, many people want to buy old books. Why old books only getting more expensive?

Volumes with luxurious covers and dusty pages of interest not only to professionals, but also for ordinary people.

Old books is a profitable investment of capital, they are like any other Antiques, always highly valued. For how much you are offered to buy books, twenty, thirty years, their price will grow on average by 30-50%.

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Who are these books brings what the public?

Well, it is impossible to give some General portrait. The most pleasant to deal with his brother-speculator or, beautifully put, a dealer. A person understands that he brought himself calls the price, not trying to claw your eyes out if it seems that you underestimate his relic. As a rule, easy to deal with collectors – these also usually understand in what world we’re in. In persons, whose books were accidentally (on professional language, they affectionately referred to as the population), is a rarity something interesting, but in 99% of cases you will find high expectations – thank you damn TV and Soviet novels, in which any old book is namerenyi billions. As a result, even if you just refuse to buy, they look at you as an enemy, celebrating loudly that you could not buy from them, as they said, on the cheap, noble thing. Continue reading

Book fonts and albums fonts Slovenian

Genre font directory has a venerable history and its origin proofs on which the first kovalerchik, former simultaneously printers, checking the quality of their characters before starting to set. The first known leaf samples font 1486, belongs to the German typographer Erhard Raccolto. One of the first known directories font samples in the form of the book was printed in 1658 in the Dutch city of Leiden renowned publishing firm of Elsevier fonts from the printer scientist-orientalist Thomas van Erpe (Arminius). Font directories printing houses were widespread in the era of metal set, but with the introduction of photocomposition the need for them has considerably decreased, and gradually they almost completely disappeared. Now font capabilities of each printing depended not already on the number of purchased cryptonomicon or machine matrices, and on the specific system type-setting machinery, equipped with the same or similar in the figure fonts. It is even more so now, when it is possible to set a huge number of fonts that almost identically reproduced on any pin devices.

However, the catalogue of companies that make and release the font foundries, manufacturers galley equipment, design bureaus) is still of interest. At least, because always interesting sources of fonts. In addition, the old font catalogs-irreplaceable sources of inspiration for the next generation of font designers. Modern directories allow us to imagine the world on font in all its beauty and complexity. Continue reading

The oldest book in the world

Date of the earliest writing and the date of the most ancient, remaining in our time, books are different dates and in two different areas of research. In Ancient Egypt to record from the times of the First Dynasty (3000-2853 years BC) was used papyrus – paper made from the stems of the same name of reeds that grew on the marshy banks of the Nile (modern English the word “paper”, denoting the paper, it was derived from the words “papyrus”). Of course, ancient books of that era were not preserved till our days.

The most ancient books of the Veda

The most ancient books found on Earth are the books of the third king of the Fifth Dynasty Neferirkare Kakai. These hieratic papyrus dated to about 2400 B.C. and were found in Abusive (Royal necropolis near the ancient Memphis, a few kilometers North of the necropolis of Saqqara, in Abusive survived 14 step pyramids V dynasty) in a doleful temple of Tsar Neferirkare Kakai. In 1950 the papyri were acquired by the British Museum from a private collector and currently kept in the British Museum in London under the registration number 1950,0209.1.9 (big number 10735.9) in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan.

Interestingly, many Greek authors managed to write their ancient books long before pismennosti surprisingly, the most ancient Greek book was found there, in Abusive. It happened on the excavations in 1902 at the cemetery, beside the mummies of deceased Greek, was found in the form of a scroll fragment of a poem Timotheus “Persians”. The document is dated to approximately 450-360 year BC and composed in Greek. In addition, this ancient book is a papyrus in the form of a scroll, while the accounting books of Kukai was conducted on papyrus sheet. Continue reading

Strange tales.

From childhood we know, the ball is round and the Gray wolf wanted to eat little Red riding Hood. However, the authors of fairy tales a lot of things concealed from the public. Some secret and not very facts about tales listed in this article.

The brothers Grimm believed female are more prone to bad actions than men. In total in their fairy tales there are 23 witches and evil 16 of Macek, while the fathers of the despots of all 3 and the sorcerer one.

Walt Disney was doubtless an optimist. In his interpretation of the tale of the little Mermaid, Ariel marries a Prince. In the original version unhappy polyrinka commits suicide by throwing themselves into the sea and into the foam.

The younger brother of James Barry became the prototype for his character Peter pan. The story is about a boy who will never grow up, was written in honor of the deceased fourteen-year-old relative of the writer.

In the original language of “the Jungle Book” Bagira has a male. Most likely translators smeared sense when translated as the word “Panther” in Russian female.

Alexander Pushkin lived plagiarism. So the plot of a fairy tale “the fisherman and the fish” was borrowed from the brothers Grimm. The product was called “the Fisherman and his wife”. Also, Alexander Pushkin suffered excessive pride, telling everyone that it is the tale Of Tsar Saltan” by only one letter “f” in the word “fleet”. All depends on that, “f” is a relatively new letter in Russian alphabet and the writer was proud that adhered to the traditional Russian ancient traditions. Continue reading

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