The popular book, "Library World Records", (Official website: http://www.lwrw.info/Aboutrecords2.htm) about fascinating facts about libraries and books around the world, has just been published December 2008 in paperback format. The book can be ordered in advance from the American publishers McFarland & Co (links below). "Library World Records" first published in 2004 has been called the Guinness Book of World Records for books and libraries and the new December 2008 edition provides answers to such questions as:
Which universities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas have the largest libraries?
In what years were the first books in English, French, Thai, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic and Turkish printed?
What is the title of the largest and smallest and most expensive books ever published?
What are the titles of the largest and smallest books in the world?
Which library has the most expensive budget in the world?
When were the first 10 university libraries the Middle East founded?
Where can we find the oldest surviving library building in the world?
What are the names of the very first three books to contain photographs?
Where are the tallest bookstore and library buildings in the world?
What is the name of the most expensive book theft in the world?
What is the name of the oldest surviving papyrus, parchment and paper manuscript?
What is the name of the first book to have page numbers?
What is the name of the first book to be printed in colour?
What are the names of the 100 largest libraries in the world?
What are the names of the 100 oldest libraries in the world?
Official website: http://www.lwrw.info/Aboutrecords2.htm
Comprehensive table of contents of the new book: http://www.lwrw.info/TOC.htm
List of bookshops for advance orders of the book: http://www.lwrw.info/order.htm
Book Specs: Second edition: ISBN (13 numbers) 9780786438525 / ISBN (10 number) 0786438525.
Godfrey Oswald, BSc (Lon), MSc (Lon)
"Library World Records" Project Team Leader
London, Berlin & Paris