Skip to comments.500-year-old book surfaces in Utah
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.
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"I'll give ya $150 bucks for it."
How about 300? :p
LOL! You beat me to it. The first thing I thought of was Pawn Stars.
"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".....
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!
“Honestly, I just don’t know enough about this stuff to even put a price on it. Lemme call a buddy of mine...”
Interesting. I’ll bet it came back in some GI’s dufflebag in 1946.
I collect books. My oldest book is a text book. It's signed and dated by the previous owner, Feb. 11, 1890.
Helen Thomas’ High School Yearbook?
If it was borrowed from a library, somebody owes about a trillion dollars in fines.
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.
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.
From the title I thought it might be the original book of Mormon :)
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.
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.
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....
Gotta love how “Not much” is $50,000.
I have a couple of Bibles older than that. Since they’re my family’s, I wouldn’t even think to get them appraised.
Older than 1890’s, not 500 years.
I read a funny comment on this article where someone said they had a globe so old it was flat.
LOL! But it was missing the magic hat and rock accessories.
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.
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.
I was wondering which you meant!
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D A M N. I’m erupting with envy. (It’s ugly: Don’t look.)
I have a two-volume set of an 1872 Webster’s Dictionary. Paid 99cents for each. This is my best book treasure.
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.
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...
I may have a copy of “1491”, but have never recommended it. :’)
Is that guy the original owner? ;^)
I still have my old geometry book from 7th grade I think. It’s brand new, never even opened........