Book

Expensive books – luxury source of knowledge!

Despite the fact that in our time the basic information we get from the media (Internet, TV), a regular book that act as “paper”, not hand over the positions. But to attract potential readers publishing houses, and have here, keep in pace with time.

Because now is not the beginning of the 20th century, and nondescript gray book is hardly interested. Shelves filled with books with screaming names and lurid images of couples and killers with Beretta in his hands. Except as “disposable” such literature will not name, in the best case, you can give read a book other, and at worst… you know.

And how to be true connoisseurs of books, willing itself to have in your personal library, solidly made and decorated the book and make a valuable gift for your relatives? After all, the saying “the Book is the best gift” nobody has yet cancelled.

But this is supposed to be a BOOK, not just bound leaflets with text and images.

Some publishing houses of Moscow, specializing in the production of exclusive and unique books, took the title of a book publishing and real delight avid book readers their “works of art”. Otherwise, these books and you will not name, because the production of books, he put his hands in addition to traditional binders and artists, more and jewelers. Continue reading

The first script (cuneiform)

The need for written language appeared as soon as people realized the importance of information transfer on distance and time. At first he tried to convey my thoughts with pictures, have some sort of sign a letter that called pictography (pictus – written with inks, graph – write). But to interpret the drawings clearly different people is impossible.

A well known case when the Persian king Darius, having received a “letter” from Scythians (bird, a mouse, a frog and 5 arrows) considered that the Scythians submit to him, while his military Gobryas “read” message “is exactly the opposite”.

Needed a system of marks, adopted by all or a large group of people. Evidence of this conditional writing back to the second half of the fourth Millennium B.C. It was a Sumerian writing, borrowed later other peoples of Mesopotamia. The signs were squeezed out of clay tablets stick with rectangular base. The corners of the rectangle left wedge-shaped deepenings.

The heyday of cuneiform literature fall reign of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (VII century BC). It was the fearsome conqueror, but at the same time educated man of his time, an avid book lover and collector. Continue reading

Collecting old books and manuscripts

Now collecting ancient manuscripts and books is experiencing a revival. This type of collecting is one of the most expensive kinds of antique collectors, which testifies to the wealth of the owner.

Despite the fact that trading in old books was common in the middle ages, but the beginning of a professional collectibles antiquarian book is considered to be the middle of the seventeenth century, when Germany began its activities in a large book fair, which was exhibited antique rare books. As for Russia, it is the first known collector of books is the Imperial family Ferapontov.

It should be noted that to the book are collecting and sheet edition. These are different kinds of calendars, posters, menus, posters and the like, here it is possible to include Special Map of European Russia. Since the beginning of the nineteenth century in Russia is gaining great popularity prints, executed in the style of etching. The peculiarity of these reproductions is distinct from the primary material used in the manufacture of creativity, make corrections in the primary material. This factor provides these things a certain historical value. Since the late nineteenth century is very common become illustrative cards, also be the subject of collecting. In that time they have become very popular and, respectively, were produced in large quantities. Rates on these cards were not very large. Continue reading

Antique books

Old books to order

Antique book as a gift, has unique qualities, especially elevating it among other expensive offerings:

– The uniqueness of each individual instance. It is often difficult to find a similar publication or buy it elsewhere. You never get into a situation where someone will give the same or such a book has already been granted. Given that for each book we are preparing a design according to Your wishes and especially for the future owner, the likelihood of confusion gift minimized.

– We all know the situation of having to wrestle with what to give. It is especially hard when not an option simply to walk into a store and buy something. In this case, the book helps like nothing else. We’ll give You several options, focusing on Hobbies future owner, his professional activities, education, or place of birth. Agree, an avid hunter nice to get a rare book about guns, native of St. Petersburg – a book about my native city, the financier – a book about the history of money from the 18th century. And anyone will be happy to become an owner of a beautiful antique editions immortal classics. The book, due to its diversity, become universal and a welcome gift.

– A gift for all seasons. The book is not quickly broken as the portfolio will not break as a phone, not out of fashion as a scarf, not to end up as toilet water. Giving expensive antique book, we have for decades to leave a memory of himself, in a conspicuous place on the bookshelf. About You will be remembered each time opening this book, showing friends, reading, or just passing shelves. Continue reading

Interesting facts about books

Well, is it possible to imagine the modern world without books? Professional books, children’s books, novels, encyclopedias, tales…. so many of Them, they are all so different, they are so interesting. Our article is about the great books of the world, too curious, so we read and wonder.

What book can safely is the smallest in the world? This is to all of us familiar with the book of Anton Chekhov “Chameleon”, the size of which comprise only 0.9 x 0,9 mm 30 tiny pages with 11 lines of text on each and even 3 color pictures. Imprinted and made the cover of this miracle in 1996 Aigarino.

The title of the thickest among printed books, you can assign the book Internet – WIKIPEDIA. What it is? This is actually a collection of articles from the world wide web, which were printed as one large volume lover of books Rob Matthews. As a result 5000 pages of printed text.

But in Italy Rio Coselli was keen to be a very interesting lesson – he gathers a collection of the most boring books in the world. Today, the collection has grown to 10,000 volumes. True to his passion associated funny moments. So, say, one Italian writer, a pretty bad by the way, after the news that all of his manuscripts were in the famous collection, nearly committed suicide. Continue reading

Sunday coffee and a newspaper

Coffee news continue to spin around the theme of elephants in coffee production. And for me the best news is that the first snow, beautiful, winter days. After walking really want to warm Cup of drink.

I close my eyes on information from psychologists, University of Durban city that coffee lovers are more prone to hallucinations than those who exactly breathe to this magic drink. But there is “no”, it refers to people, drinking more than 7 cups of coffee a day. They are subject to the vision of a non-existent in reality things, hearing voices, and the feeling of swimming over his body.

Lyrically

Why not to overplay the results in its favour, and hallucinations replace fantasies, and best of all – dreams. And for inspiration, I’d like to recommend a book by max Frei “Coffee book”. Sure to give it to the New year. So many intriguing reviews and quotes I read that you want to share some of them. For example, the description of different types of coffee: Continue reading

Books of ancient Rome

Before it appeared in Ancient Rome, papyrus, local residents like the Greeks used for writing palm leaves, but more often – lime bast. Actually, one of the values of the Latin word “liber” (book) just means “lub”.

In General it should be noted that in the era of the Roman Republic and the early Roman Empire, the Latin writing system has been rapidly developing. Came into use new writing materials, mainly papyrus. Along with direct, quadrangular capital font, suitable for cutting down on stone or other solid object, Rome (as well as, by the way, and Greece), a new font is rounded, more flexible and elegant, the so-called “uncial”and italics – “cursive”.

Roman ancient book was in the form of a scroll, screw on a stick with thickened ends; on the upper end was attached to the tab with the designation of the title, which peeped out from a leather case (an analogue of modern binding). To carry these scrolls were placed in a round basket. In libraries such books in the scrolls were not put, and laid on the shelf so that the labels were in view. He wrote on one side, or a single vertical column, the length of which was equal to the length of the scroll or next of many parallel columns.

Roman bookstores, a seller of ancient books, served as the meeting place of writers, scholars and lovers of literature. When these stores were available rooms for reading and even reading rooms, where for a small fee you can view the new or compare your copy of the famous works so that was fixed grammatical kept for this purpose in the store and copy the hall. Roman books were relatively cheap, as the production of own papyrus, replacing imports from Egypt, to that possessed. In addition to ordinary cheap instances, met ancient books – the wonders of calligraphy, sumptuously illustrated instances and even miniature book (Cicero allegedly met instance of “Iliad” by Homer, who could fit in the walnut shells). Continue reading

How much are you willing to pay for the book?

At this point, going into any bookshop, on its shelves you will find a great variety of printed literature. The price is the most diverse. You read the synopsis and decide: whether to pay such money? What ate you will be offered a book worth millions of dollars? Below is a list of such books prove that there are indeed valuable editions.

To date, the most expensive book is considered “Leicester code, Leonardo da Vinci and its cost is $44.6 mln It was named so in honour of the Earl of Leicester, who bought the manuscript in 1717. This is the original book Leonardo where it actually invented the mirror font described his reflections on natural phenomena and things. A kind of diary thinker just not read – you need a mirror in which you can parse font written. At the moment this rare masterpiece owns Microsoft founder bill gates and periodically puts it in museums.

Are you willing to pay $11 million for the book “Birds of America”? Remarkable feature of this edition is not so much the content, much larger. It was released in the U.S. in 1827-1838, only 200 copies in giant format, which is itself the Audubon, the author of the book, called “double elephant folio – size 127 cm in height. The book consists of 435 prints, hand-painted, size 90 60 cm, where the birds are painted in original size. We can safely say that this is a complete collection of art in one book. 119 instances are still kept in museums and 39 in private collections. The appearance of this book is a real sensation at the auction. Continue reading

Ancient books Greece

The next place, where he also began to use papyrus for records and creation of ancient books, steel ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. It is believed that the writing, and the papyrus as the prototype of the future of paper, about X or IX century BC in Greece brought the Phoenicians. This fact Herodotus writes galikarnassky (484-425, BC), the Greek historian, author of the first comprehensive historical treatise – “History”. The writings of Herodotus was of great importance for ancient culture, Cicero generally called him the “father of history”. To the Phoenicians, the Greeks and the Romans used for records of tree bark and other materials. Herodotus said that the Greek term for papyrus as material for records was “Biblion”, and for the book – “Byblos”, which comes from the name of the Phoenician port town Byblos, through which papyrus was exported from Egypt to Greece.

Before Greece got papyrus, there was used a variety of materials for writing. The most common and cheap was a piece of crock – ostracon. On ostrakons were mostly economic record, as, for example, Greek literary texts found on them only occasionally. Used for writing the Greeks and palm leaves.

Pliny mentions among other writing materials, common at that time in Greece, “plumbea volumina” – lead rolls. And on the island of Rhodes archaeologists had found such a roll. Thickness of the lead sheet was only a third of a millimeter, so he folded easily enough. The lead was recorded prayers and incantations, is lowered into the grave with the dead person. The longest known texts written in the lead – epic poem Hesiod “Works and days”. As on palm leaf, and the lead, the letters drew a sharp metal instrument, occasionally eating and ink. Continue reading

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

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