Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Here are some trivia:
The oldest book is the RigVeda which pre-date 4000 BC. The collection of hymn and texts included a description of astronomical occurrences which provides an approximate dating.
The second oldest surviving book is the Epic of Gilgamesh. Written in 2100 - 2000 BC in Mesopotamia, the current version dates from approximately 1600 BC. http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh/
Project Gutenberg offers one of the largest collections of books on the internet. http://www.gutenberg.org/
Bertrand, a book store located in Portugal, founded in 1732 is the oldest bookstore in the world. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/25180769
The largest Atlas in the world is on display in the British Library. It measures 5'10" x 3'5" and takes several people to lift it. The Klencke Atlas was made in 1660 by a Dutch mapmaker for the King of England, Charles II. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0K8FKZkSr4
Which books do you intend to read in 2013??