The Oldest Books In The World


-One of the oldest book in the world discovered in Spain in 1860, The Madrid Codex . The book is written in Yucatecan . (494 years old).

-Gutenberg Bible, also known as the 42-line Bible, is listed by the Guinness Book of World records as the world’s oldest mechanically printed book – the first copies of which were printed in 1454-1455. (559 years old).

-Celtic Psalter: The book is thought to be have been created in the 11th century, making it Scotland’s oldest surviving book. ( 938 years old).

-Diamond Sūtra: Found in a walled up cave in China along with other printed materials. A Buddhist holy text, the Diamond Sūtra is considered to be the oldest surviving dated printed book in the world. (1,145 years old.)

-Siddur, Jewish Prayer Book-  is so old that it contains Babylonian vowel pointing – akin to the Old or Middle English for the English language. ( 1,173 years old.)

-Book of Kells: The Book of Kells is kept in the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland, and is thought to have been created by Celtic monks around . (1,213 years old.)

-St Cuthbert Gospel: Europe’s oldest known surviving intact book is the St Cuthbert Gospel. The book was buried with St Cuthbert, an early British Christian leader. (1,315 years old.)

-Nag Hammadi Library: Considered to be some of the oldest surviving bound books – 13 leather bound papyrus codices were discovered in 1945 buried inside a sealed jar, by a local man in the town of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. (1,693 years old.)

-Pyrgi Gold Tablets: Found in 1964 in the excavation of a sanctuary in ancient Pyrgi, Italy. (2,513 years old.)

-Etruscan Gold Book: The book is made from 6 sheets of 24 carat gold, bound together with rings. Etruscans were an ancient race of people that migrated from Lydia – in now what would be modern Turkey . (2,673 years old.)


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