Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Begins

Are you a reader? Are you a bibliophile?

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??


Tony Laplume said...

I've got a whole list. Hopefully some really good books.

Joanne said...

I have Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior on my list, as well as Richard Ford's Canada. My pile and list are always far bigger than my eyes can handle. But that's the joy of reading.