Ancient Writing and Rare Books
Here you will find coverage of ancient writing and rare books.
Codex Gigas - learn about this huge medieval manuscript known as The Devil's Bible.
Dan Brown Pays to Digitize Rare Mystical Texts at Ritman Library (2016-06-23): Dan Brown has donated $340,000 to help the Ritman Library in Amsterdam digitize its core texts on mysticism, Hermetica and Kabbala. The texts will be available online.
ISIS Ransacking Libraries in Iraq, Destroying Priceless Literary Treasures (2015-02-05): ISIS is ransacking libraries, museums and universities in Northern Iraq. All non-Islamic texts are being burned as being blasphemous. The damage is devastating.
The Vatican to Digitize 82,000 Rare Manuscripts and Make Them Available for Viewing Online (2014-03-21): The Vatican Apostolic Library announced that it has hired a Japanese IT firm to digitize 82,000 rare manuscripts. The documents will be available for viewing online.
Rare Book of Psalms Sells for $14.16 Million at Auction (2013-12-01): A rare 1640 Book of Psalms is now the most expensive printed book: it sold at auction for $14.16 million to a collector.
Bay Psalm Book Could Sell for $30 Million at Sotheby's Auction (2013-04-23): The Bay Psalm Book is known as the first book printed in America.
Five Hundred New Fairy Tales Found in Germany (2012-03-07): A huge collection of 500 new fairy tales has been discovered in Germany.
Protesters Torch Famed Institute of Egypt: Rare Books, Manuscripts and Maps All Destroyed (2011-12-20): The continued protests in Egypt are wreaking havoc on the country's rich cultural heritage.
Bram Stoker's Secret Journal Found on Great Grandson's Bookshelf (2011-10-29): A never before seen personal journal by Dracula author
Bram Stoker has been found, sitting a bookshelf in the home of Stoker's great-grandson Noel Dobbs, who lives on Isle of Wight.
Dead Sea Scrolls Are Being Digitized and Made Available Online (2011-09-29): They were written two thousand years ago and discovered decades ago.
Archivist Seeks to Preserve One Copy of Every Book Ever Written (2011-08-01): Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, has launched an ambitious project to save one copy of every book ever written.
The World's Smallest Books (2011-05-28): The world's smallest book according to Guinness World Records is a tiny copy of Anton Chekov's short story, "The Chameleon.
Rare First Edition of Kipling's The Jungle Book Discovered (2010-04-15): The BBC reports that a rare first edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book has been discovered.
Fairy Tales Have Ancient Origins (2009-09-09): A new study reveals that fairytales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, are actually much older than anyone thought.
British Library to Display Medieval Alphabet Book (2009-07-28): The British Library has succeeded in keeping a national treasure in Great Britain after bidding $600,000 for a medieval alphabet book which displays a collection of both beautiful and bizarre fonts.
Egypt Wants Loan of Rosetta Stone (2007-06-25): Egypt wants the Rosetta Stone loaned to it from the British Museum.
Robot to Scan Oldest Copy of Homer's Illiad (2007-06-06): The oldest copy of Homer's The Iliad is being scanned
in 3-D by a special robot so that anyone will be able to get a glimpse of this rare manuscript that has never been available to the public.
Latin: The Dead Language to Rise Again? (2005-04-22): According to the BBC, Latin is about to make a big comeback.