Beyond the Bestsellers: The World’s most valuable books
In the world of literature, some books are not only popular but they are also rare and valuable. These books are often sought by collectors and avid readers alike, here are some of the most popular, rare and valuable books in the world.
- Shakespeare’s First Folio
Shakespeare’s First Folio is an amazing collection of 36 of his plays, it was published in 1623, that is seven years after his death. Right now, there are only 234 copies of the First Folio left in the world, and they are highly prized by collectors. In the year 2006, a First Folio sold at auction for over $6 million.
2. The Codex Leicester
The Codex Leicester is a collection of scientific writings and drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, dating from the early 16th century. The book contains Leonardo’s thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including astronomy, geology, and botany. Right now, there are only 30 copies of the Codex and Bill Gates bought one of them for a whopping price of over $ 30 million.
3. The Catcher In The Rye
The Catcher In The Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger, which was first published in 1951. The book is considered a classic of American Literature and it has been widely studied and analyzed. The first editions of the book are highly prized, and in the year 1998, a signed first edition was sold at an auction for over $160,000.
4. The Hobbit
The Hobbit is a wonderful novel by J.R.R.Tolkein. It was first published in the year 1937. The book is the sequel to the Lord of the Rings and tells the story of Bilbo and his adventures with a group of dwarves. First editions of the book are highly prized by collectors, and in 2020, a first edition was sold at auction for over $400,000.
5. The God Of Small Things
The God Of Small Things, a novel written by Arundhati Roy. The book was first published in 1997. The book tells the story of the childhood experiences of fraternal twins, Rahel and Estha. Then one tragic incident changes the result of their love for each other. The book won the Booker Prize in 1997 and is considered a major landmark of Indian Literature.
6. Train to Pakistan
Train to Pakistan is a novel by Khushwanth Singh. The book was first published in the year 1956. The book tells us the story of the 1947 partition of India and the violence and tragedy that resulted from the forced migration. It is a very powerful depiction of one of the most traumatic events in history.
These are rare and valuable books. They are not only prized possessions for collectors but they are also works of art and literature that have stood the test of time.