Be Amazed With The Oldest Books Of All Time
One of the oldest things in this world are books, unfortunately, in this generation, books are tended to be forgotten and will just be a part of the history because of the modern age of computers and other technologies.

That is why books nowadays are treasured, and people who still love books consider them as their most prized possession. Some of the oldest and most expensive books can be found in museums all over the world since the papers are fragile and it has to be extremely taken care of since most of them are more than a thousand-year-old. Here a some of the oldest books of all time, that can still be accessed today.

The Gutenberg Bible

Estimated Age: 561 years old

The very first one on the list is the Gutenberg Bible, which was actually the very first book that was printed with movable type. It was of course created by the inventor of printing press himself, Johann Gutenberg, hence the name, in Germany back in 1455. In the present time, there are only 50 copies left and only about 21 copies are complete. These copies can be found as display in the British Library, University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. This book actually contains a Latin version of the Hebrew Old Testament, as well as the Greek New Testament.

The Codex Calixtinus

Estimated Age: 866 years old

Another old book is the Compotellus or most commonly known as the Codex Calixtinus. This is actually not exactly a book, but more of a compilation of religious texts. This was written in the mid-12th century and the French monk, Aymeric, actually was the one who attributed this. The final writing in this compilation was about the pilgrim’s guide on the way to the Cathedral of Santiago de compostella, which is located in Galicia, Spain. This is considered to be one of the world’s first travel guide. This is actually most commonly known as the “French Way”, this has tons of useful guides when it comes to looking for a place to stay, which ways to take, and what foods you should avoid while staying there.

Unfortunately, in 2011, this was considered to be the most valuable book that has been stolen from the archives of the cathedral. It was lost for more than a year, but was luckily recovered and is now in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella, which is now surrounded by a strict security system.

St. Cuthbert Gospel

Estimated Age: Since 1316

The St. Cuthbert Gospel is actually the oldest intact European. The British Library actually had to raise nine million British pounds, for them to be able get their hands on the book and for it to remain there. It was actually sold by the Society of Jesus and they needed to money for education and other restoration work. Almost five million was contributed by the National Heritage Memorial Fund to help out, other charitable institutions and some people also contributed.

“To look at this small and intensely beautiful treasure from the Anglo-Saxon period is to too it exactly as those who created it in the 7th century would have seen it.” – Dame Lynne Brindley, British Library’s Chief Executive.

The Etruscan Gold Book

Estimated Age: Since 2673

Well, technically this is not a book, but more like a compilation of gold pages. It is considered to be the oldest since it is more than two thousand years of age. It is found in Bulgaria, believe it or not, it is actually made of real gold, and its pages are held together by pure gold rings. It is said to be created around 600 BCE, and it apparently contains illustrations of mermaids, soldiers, and other different interesting drawings. If you wish to see it in person, you can visit the Bulgaria’s History Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria.

And there you have it, some of the world’s oldest books. It would be really nice if everyone could appreciate these things since they’re a big part of the history. If you are fascinated by them, feel free to go visit the one near you, if you haven’t already, leave a comment and let us know what you think, share this to your friends especially if they love books as well.

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