A set of 70 books were found about 5 years ago in Jordan."Initial metallurgical tests indicate that some of the books could date from the first century AD. This estimate is based on the form of corrosion which has taken place, which experts believe would be impossible to achieve artificially."
Thomas a Kempis. Opera. Nuremberg, 1494 This volume, one of a very few existing examples of a chain binding, still retains the remnant of the hand-wrought chain which fastened it securely to a shelf. At the time of the publication of this book in the 1490s, books were so valuable that they were often chained in place to foil thieves.
This could be the first-ever portrait of Jesus Christ, possibly even created in the lifetime of those who knew him. The extraordinary picture is one of the recently discovered hoard of up to 70 lead codices found in a cave in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Glorious; I always wonder what such a beautiful, old book might contain. The amazing thing about a closed book is the existence of infinite possibility within its pages - it could say anything and hold forgotten knowledge and hidden secrets. And you do not know until you look inside.
In 1934, a Swedish archeologist discovered hundreds of ancient mummies buried under boats in a mysterious cemetery in a remote desert in the Xinjang region of China. The location, which is featured rivers and lakes thousands of years ago, was lost until 2000, and researchers began to excavate the area in 2003. They found the body of a woman thought to have died almost 4,000 years ago, who has become known as the most beautiful mummy in the world, owing to incredible well-preserved features…
The smallest English dictionary in the world has been discovered by West Country book shop owner Graham York. Although only 1x3/4inch the tiny book's 384 pages contain thousands of words, and even comes with a lens in its case for surreptitious study when challenged by a lack of diction. Printed by David Bryce & Sons in Glasgow in 1890 it's thought only a handful of the mini books were made to show the printer's skills.