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500-year-old book surfaces in Utah
AP-Yahoo! ^ | Apr 25, 2011 | BRIAN SKOLOFF

Posted on 04/26/2011 4:15:10 PM PDT by greatdefender

SALT LAKE CITY – Book dealer Ken Sanders has seen a lot of nothing in his decades appraising "rare" finds pulled from attics and basements, storage sheds and closets.

Sanders, who occasionally appraises items for PBS's Antiques Roadshow, often employs the "fine art of letting people down gently."

But on a recent Saturday while volunteering at a fundraiser for the small town museum in Sandy, Utah, just south of Salt Lake, Sanders got the surprise of a lifetime.

"Late in the afternoon, a man sat down and started unwrapping a book from a big plastic sack, informing me he had a really, really old book and he thought it might be worth some money," he said. "I kinda start, oh boy, I've heard this before."

Then he produced a tattered, partial copy of the 500-year-old Nuremberg Chronicle.

The German language edition printed by Anton Koberger and published in 1493 is a world history beginning in biblical times. It's considered one of the earliest and most lavishly illustrated books of the 15th century.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Education; History
KEYWORDS: book; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; nuremberg; pages


1 posted on 04/26/2011 4:15:16 PM PDT by greatdefender
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG PING!


2 posted on 04/26/2011 4:16:37 PM PDT by greatdefender (If You Want Peace.....Prepare For War)
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To: greatdefender

"I'll give ya $150 bucks for it."

3 posted on 04/26/2011 4:20:28 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn

How about 300? :p


4 posted on 04/26/2011 4:22:48 PM PDT by greatdefender (If You Want Peace.....Prepare For War)
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To: KoRn

LOL! You beat me to it. The first thing I thought of was Pawn Stars.


5 posted on 04/26/2011 4:25:32 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: greatdefender
"How about 300?"

"The last 500 year old book we had in sat on the shelf for over a year, and I'm gonna have to pay someone to fix this thing up. I just don't see any money here.... $150 Bucks".....

6 posted on 04/26/2011 4:26:11 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn

I love these two quotes from the article:

“But what’s it actually worth? Turns out, not much.”

“Because of this book’s tattered state, Windle said it’s likely worth less than $50,000.”

Oh gee. Only 50K. Too bad.. I thought he had something there. LOL!


7 posted on 04/26/2011 4:27:33 PM PDT by Smogger
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To: KoRn

“Honestly, I just don’t know enough about this stuff to even put a price on it. Lemme call a buddy of mine...”


8 posted on 04/26/2011 4:28:32 PM PDT by Argus
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To: greatdefender

Interesting. I’ll bet it came back in some GI’s dufflebag in 1946.


9 posted on 04/26/2011 4:31:47 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: greatdefender
Thanks.

I collect books. My oldest book is a text book. It's signed and dated by the previous owner, Feb. 11, 1890.

10 posted on 04/26/2011 4:35:52 PM PDT by Daaave ( "Time goes by like hurricanes and faster things")
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To: greatdefender

Helen Thomas’ High School Yearbook?


11 posted on 04/26/2011 4:37:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: greatdefender

If it was borrowed from a library, somebody owes about a trillion dollars in fines.


12 posted on 04/26/2011 4:42:48 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Note to Obama: The only time you actually are the smartest person in the room is when you are alone.)
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To: Daaave
I collect books. My oldest book is a text book. It's signed and dated by the previous owner, Feb. 11, 1890.

That is pretty cool. I bought a Bible circa 1900 at a flea market. It has a page stating "Our Public School Bible". What a rare find. Still have it. It is on display at my kids school.

13 posted on 04/26/2011 4:43:39 PM PDT by tarpit
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To: Smogger
"Oh gee. Only 50K. Too bad.. I thought he had something there."

I don't know.... $50k just doesn't go very far these days. It's just barely enough to fill up the car with gas, go out to eat at a nice restaurant, get some groceries, and buy off a politician. Sometimes you can score a 'two-fer' with the nice meal and buying the politician by landing tickets to a $25k per plate fund raiser.

14 posted on 04/26/2011 4:46:40 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: greatdefender

From the title I thought it might be the original book of Mormon :)


15 posted on 04/26/2011 4:51:56 PM PDT by RnMomof7 ( "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you,)
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To: greatdefender
Appeared in Dorothy Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey detective story - "The Bone of Contention"
16 posted on 04/26/2011 4:58:19 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Daaave

I have a Webster’s dictionary, bindings have come loose, set of 2 (A-L and M-Z) dated 1935, big books with colored plates of flags, flowers, etc. and they were only 50 cents each years ago at a thrift shop. Read somewhere they are much sought after by designers for the colored plates (state flowers, etc.) Have no doubt I could get a whopping 40 cents each from the right buyer.


17 posted on 04/26/2011 5:13:20 PM PDT by kiltie65
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To: kiltie65

My school has a shelf of Euclidean geometry books from the 1880s in the classroom we use for detentions. When I am taking detention, I make the boys copy out pages from the books - they really hate it.


18 posted on 04/26/2011 5:36:39 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: greatdefender

Jeez, it’s spotting and falling apart and I can get an electronic version on my kindle for ten bucks, so I can’t see any value here....


19 posted on 04/26/2011 6:07:12 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Smogger

Gotta love how “Not much” is $50,000.


20 posted on 04/26/2011 6:20:14 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Daaave

I have a couple of Bibles older than that. Since they’re my family’s, I wouldn’t even think to get them appraised.


21 posted on 04/26/2011 6:27:57 PM PDT by Woodman
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Older than 1890’s, not 500 years.


22 posted on 04/26/2011 6:29:22 PM PDT by Woodman
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To: greatdefender; windcliff
Bottom picture = Santa in the off season?

I read a funny comment on this article where someone said they had a globe so old it was flat.

23 posted on 04/26/2011 6:29:52 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: RnMomof7

LOL! But it was missing the magic hat and rock accessories.


24 posted on 04/26/2011 6:33:27 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: King Moonracer

I think the oldest book I have is a copy of “Journals of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church” Vol I, 1796 - 1836 (published by Carlton & Phillips, 1855. It’s in pretty good shape for its age.


25 posted on 04/26/2011 6:44:40 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Daaave
I collect books. My oldest book is a text book. It's signed and dated by the previous owner, Feb. 11, 1890.

I collect a few as well, some going back to the early 19th century.

I think my most interesting book to me is a 1918 lab book of qualitative chemical analysis with hand written notes in the margin by the young chemist taking lab. I picked it up in a local used book shop a few years ago for $3.

Most interesting to me I suppose since I am a chemist and realizing that in 1918 there were essentially no analytical laboratory instruments you see today. The most they had were polarized light microscopes.

26 posted on 04/26/2011 7:45:12 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: Woodman

I was wondering which you meant!


27 posted on 04/26/2011 8:22:01 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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Thanks greatdefender.
Nuremberg Chronicle
Yeah, I had four of those, in protective plastic bags, but my mom threw them out after I went to college.

At this point, you don't really *need* me to say /oldjokealert, right?

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28 posted on 04/26/2011 8:27:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: greatdefender

D A M N. I’m erupting with envy. (It’s ugly: Don’t look.)


29 posted on 04/26/2011 9:02:58 PM PDT by bannie ("The gov't that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul." ))
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To: tarpit

I have a two-volume set of an 1872 Webster’s Dictionary. Paid 99cents for each. This is my best book treasure.


30 posted on 04/26/2011 9:06:58 PM PDT by bannie ("The gov't that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul." ))
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To: Shimmer1
My family are great junk collectors. My father also has a couple of primers from the 1800’s that were his grand father's. Those schoolbook are interesting compared to today's.
31 posted on 04/27/2011 2:20:35 AM PDT by Woodman
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To: Daaave

Now this looks like a good thread for me to brag about my little gem.

I have a 1st edition of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Gen. Lew Wallace. Printed in 1880.

Now, there is a personalized inscription, unsigned, but dated Nov. 2 ‘86. What makes it more interesting is I have seen an autographed copy on line, dated Nov. ‘86. Wallace’s Nov. ‘86 and mine are “identical.” So I believe I have a copy which Wallace gave to a friend. Pretty cool.


32 posted on 04/27/2011 3:55:36 AM PDT by Holen1 (Chesapeake Bay seasoning. "I put that **** on everything.")
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To: Daaave

I have a “Translation of the Syriac Testament” by Js. Murdock, 1851
It is a translation of one of the earliest remaining Aramaic copies of the New Testament.

I also have a How to learn Greek for Dummies textbook from 1846.

The barns back on the east coast are loaded with all kinds of stuff...


33 posted on 04/27/2011 4:05:59 AM PDT by djf (Dems and liberals: Let's redefine "marriage". We already redefined "natural born citizen".)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Don't be to sure. There were a lot of Mormon converts from the 1850’s and after from Germany. Except for the push cart era I think that they might have taken what they valued most.
34 posted on 04/28/2011 4:00:55 PM PDT by Little Bill (Harry Browne is a Poofter.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Next time you recommend “1491”, which is a good read, remind readers that he is a greenie.
35 posted on 04/28/2011 4:53:16 PM PDT by Little Bill (Harry Browne is a Poofter.)
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To: Little Bill

I may have a copy of “1491”, but have never recommended it. :’)


36 posted on 04/28/2011 5:29:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sorry.


37 posted on 04/28/2011 5:34:21 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: greatdefender

Is that guy the original owner? ;^)


38 posted on 05/17/2011 4:39:53 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (OBL's death is President Bush's fault! ..... thanks GWB!)
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To: greatdefender

I still have my old geometry book from 7th grade I think. It’s brand new, never even opened........


39 posted on 05/17/2011 4:50:07 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (It's a beautiful day and I'm glad I can see it in color.......)
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