Rare Books

Rare Books

X-ray technique 'reads' burnt Vesuvius scroll

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:11
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There's rare books and then there's even more rare scrolls. From the BBC:

For the first time, words have been read from a burnt, rolled-up scroll buried by Mount Vesuvius in AD79.
The scrolls of Herculaneum, the only classical library still in existence, were blasted by volcanic gas hotter than 300C and are desperately fragile.

Now on View at the Library of Congress, One of the Four Surviving Copies of the Magna Carta

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:58

Via the Washington Post: A yellowing piece of parchment covered in Latin, the Magna Carta now on view at the Library of Congress is as charming as a tax form. Hey, no one ever said cornerstones of constitutional law and civil liberty had to be pretty.

Boston Archivists Demand Patience

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 17:11

A copper box sealed for over 113 years inside the head of a piece of statuary, a lion, at the Old State House in Boston has finally been opened.

Inside... there was a surprise book with a red cover...but we don't know the title or contents. Historians deem the book and other contents of the box too fragile to be quickly examined. They will need to be examined in a temperature and pressure controlled environment.

Rare books stolen from Becker College Library

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:39

A British man named Joseph Heath was ordered to pay $3,000 to Becker College library after stealing 100 rare books, including one signed by Abraham Lincoln, The Telegram reports.

The 53-year-old Leicester native had smuggled around $115,000 out of the antique book collection of the library. One of the books he took was a first edition o Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

First book printed in the US sells for $14.2 million at Sotheby's

Submitted by Pete on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 15:09

From CNN.com: "The world's most valuable book sold Tuesday for $14.16 million at Sotheby's in New York, according to the auction house.

The rare Bay Psalm Book is the first book ever written and printed in what is now the United States. Its sale set a record for a book sold at auction, Sotheby's said."