Thursday, September 24, 2015

The world's most expensive book

The world's most expensive printed book is the Bay Psalm Book printed in 1640, which sold at a Sotheby’s auction for £8.8 million ($14.2 million) on 26 November 2013.

In the Coronation service, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland presents the monarch with a Bible and calls it “the most valuable thing that this world affords”. Isn’t that striking? The Bible is more precious than crown, and orb, sceptre, fine robes, all the pomp and glory of the coronation – more precious than a whole kingdom, even.

The Psalter itself reflect that view of the words of God:

"The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold"

(Psalm 19vv9-10)

(Thanks to a friend for linking to the Abe Books article on Facebook)

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