Books are among the first things you hold as a child. And in a lifetime, you might be able to read around 3,000 books (now that’s a lot of reading) if you’re really into it. But a chosen few will only have the chance to encounter these fascinating books. This list covers the smallest, the largest, the oldest, the most expensive, and a whole lot of other fun facts about books. Here’s a collection of some of the most amazing books we found:
THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE BOOK:
Reading can be an expensive hobby but try owning Leonardo da Vinci’s The Codex Leicester. This is da Vinci’s handwritten journal that covers his own theories on how things work – from astronomy to mechanics and fossil formation and a whole lot of other stuff. Since it is basically a collection of da Vinci’s own two cents on things, it made it valuable, and hence, expensive. It sold for over $30 million in an auction in 1994, by another great mind – none other than Microsoft’s Bill Gates.
THE WORLD’S SMALLEST BOOK:
Big things come in small packages – this statement is true for the world’s smallest printed book. Japan nabs the world record for printing the smallest book in the world – the pages are just 0.75 millimeters in size and the print is just 0.01 millimeter wide. This book even has illustrations! The book, titled Shiki no Kusabana, meaning Flowers of Seasons, talks about Japanese flowers. The book can be seen in a display in Tokyo, at Toppan’s Printing Museum.
THE WORLD’S LARGEST BOOK:
According to Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s largest book is made in Dubai, UAE. The book, titled “This the Prophet Mohamed” stands at 16.40 feet by 26.44 feet, and weighs a massive 3,306 pounds! The book needed more than fifty people to assemble and was presented to the public on February 27, 2012.
FIRST MILLION-SELLING PROGRAMMING BOOK:
Nowadays, there are a lot of best-selling programming books out there, but the first million-selling book about programming was written by Dave Ahl, titled BASIC Computer Games. It featured the most popular home-computer games at the time, such as Chomp, Hexapawn, Hamurabi, Nim, Super Star Trek.
FIRST MECHANICALLY PRINTED BOOK:
The first book to be printed mechanically was the Gutenberg Bible. It was printed in Mainz, Germany in 1455 by, you guessed it, Johannes Gutenberg, the man who introduced mechanical printing. Bonus Fact: The Bible remains the most popular book in the entire world.
MOST COPIES SOLD BY A SINGLE VOLUME BOOK:
Apart from the Bible (which sold more than a billion copies, by the way), the most copies sold of a single-volume book goes to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s Don Quixote. It sold more than 500 million copies world wide. Clearly, the insane, yet hilarious adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha and his trusty squire, Sancho Panza, did the work. Don Quixote is also a regular contender for lists of greatest literary works of all time.
LARGEST PUBLISHED COMIC BOOK:
To all comic book fans out there, perhaps here’s one for your collection. The largest published comic book was created by Omar Morales and titled CruZader™: Agent of the Vatican. It is 2 ft by 3 ft in size, and 28-pages long, all pages are in full-color. There were 105 copies printed that sold for $200 in the United States ($300 internationally).
Book fans will rejoice when they step into the world’s largest library. In terms of cataloged size, the British Library is the world’s largest, beating the United States Library of Congress. The British Library has more than 170 million cataloged items, 12 million more than the declared items of the Library of Congress. It is the national library of the United Kingdom and houses a collection of countless items in many formats and languages. A real bookworm heaven!
Big or small, expensive or free, we surely love books! They enrich our minds, inspire us, motivate us, fuel our imagination, and entertain us in so many ways. Books will take you on adventures without taking you out of the room, teach you a lot without going into a classroom, and introduce you to new ideas that will help you be a better you. Get to reading, y’all!