It is no news that the print media has grown and there are several most expensive books in the world. Over time, books have grown in value. Presently, a copy of “Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone” is sold for $90,000. Don’t even bother converting it to Naira because that’s a lot of money. And the funny thing about it was that this most expensive book was auctioned at this price mainly because the title was misspelled, and it had typographical errors in it. Now that’s just surprising.

I felt there had to be other most expensive books that had been auctioned off for this same price or even more. I found out there were a ton of expensive books so, I decided to pick just 10 out of a long list of the most expensive books in the world. In no particular order, here are the 10 most expensive books in the world.

10 most expensive books in the world

1. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer – $7.5 million

Canterbury tales is a collection of 24 stories that were written in Middle English. It was printed in 1477, and a dozen of its first edition is now, circulated around the world. The last copy of its first edition was auctioned off to the first Earl Fitzwilliam. It was one of George’s masterpiece and was ranked among the most expensive books and important works of medieval literature.

Most Expensive books: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Canterbury tales

2. Most Costly Books: The Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci- $30.8 million

This book is a 72-page collection of scientific writings that contained Leonardo’s ideas about astronomy and mathematics. “The codex” was first purchased by Thomas coke who later became the Earl of Leicester in 1717. And 26 years ago Bill Gates bought it for $30.8 million. This no doubt made the book one of the most expensive books ever bought. Bill gates later had this book scanned and turned into a screensaver dispensed with a Microsoft plus.

Most expensive books: The Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci
The Codex Leicester

3. Most Expensive Books: The Gutenberg Bible- €4.6 million

The Gutenberg Bible, also known as the 42-line Bible, was auctioned for €4.3 million in 1987 at Christie’s New York. This Bible was printed to use mass-produced moveable metal type in Europe. About 180 original copies were made, and only 48 survived. But still it remains one of the most expensive books in the world.

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Most Costly  Books: The Gutenberg Bible
The Gutenberg Bible

4. Birds of America by James Audubon – €10.8 million

In 2000 it was auctioned for €8.3 million, in 2012 it went for €7.4 million, and in 2010 it was sold for a mad price of €10.8 million. Apparently, this book has been consistently valued in millions. 

Most Expensive book: Birds of America by James Audubon
The birds of America

5. Most Expensive Books: The first Atlas- $3.9 million

Not all Most expensive books are stories, some are Atlas. This book is also known as the “Geographia” or only “the geography”. Greco-Roman Claudius Ptolemy wrote it, and it was considered to be the world’s first-ever written atlas.

The first Atlas
The first atlas

6. The Bay psalm book -$14.165 million

This Bay psalm was the one of the first  most expensive books to have been printed in British North America. It was published in 1650, 20 years after expatriates landed at Plymouth Rock. Today, there are about 11 copies of this books which still exists.

Most expensive books: The Bay psalm book
The bay Psalms

7. The Magna Carta – $21.3 million

It was theorized that about 250 copies of the Magna Carta were made. In 2015, the original copy of the Magna Carta was found in an old scarp book in a British coastal town. The fact that the magna carta is one of the most expensive books.

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The Magna Carta
Magna Carta

8. Most Expensive Books: The tales of Beedle the bard by J.K Rowling -€3.6 million

The Tales of Beedle the Bard book only had seven copies, and each edition of the book was handwritten and illustrated by J.K Rowling herself. However, she gave six of these original copies to friends and editors and the last copy was auctioned to the public for €3.6 million.

Costly Books: The tales of Beedle the bard
The tales of Beedle the bard

9. First folio by William Shakespeare – €5.6 million

Mr William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies or essentially The First Folio is an assortment of Shakespeare’s plays and was imprinted in 1623, just a brief time after his passing. From 750 unique duplicates, only around 228 remain today. Considered as one of the most expensive books and suffering works in English writing, the rest of the copies are the some of generally searched after books among book authorities around the world. Paul Allen, the fellow benefactor of Microsoft and an ardent peruser burned through 5.6 million Euros on one of every 2001.

First folio by William Shakespear
Shakespeare’s first folio

10. Most Expensive Books: The Babylonian Talmud – $9.3 million

The Babylonian Talmud is one of just 14 complete multi-volume sets from the mid-sixteenth century still in presence.

The purchaser endeavored to stay unknown. However, reports state the book was bought in 2015 by an affluent person Leon Black, a financial specialist, craftsmanship gatherer and organiser of Apollo Global Management.

It is among the most expensive books bit of Judaica to actually sell at closeout. Beforehand, it had been sitting at Westminster Abbey for about 400 years, where obviously nobody realized how important it was.

most expensive books: The Babylonian Talmund
The Babylonian talmud

So now, it’s left to you if you want to calculate the worth of these most expensive books. But I’ll strictly advise you against it. Nothing is worth losing sleep over.



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