Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Tattered Book

Anybody watch Antiques Roadshow? There’s a guy on there who sometimes appraises books. Recently, the Twin Cities StarTribune had an article about Ken Sanders volunteering at a fundraiser in Sandy, Utah. A guy came up and said he had an old book he wanted to get appraised.

He had it wrapped in a big plastic sack and said it’d been passed down to him by his great uncle, but the book was pretty tattered.

It was an old book. In fact, it was only a partial copy of an old book.

A copy of the 500-year-old Nuremberg Chronicle, published in 1493. A world history beginning in biblical times, considered “one of the earliest and most lavishly illustrated books.”

But it was tattered and only a partial copy.

So Sanders will probably only get about $50,000.

24 comments:

  1. Amazing~ ! I love that show. I'm always mesmerized whenever it comes on...maybe because every piece has a story behind it.

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  2. *choke* Quite a price for tattered and partial! I've never seen the show.

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  3. All of y'all had my exact reaction.

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  4. There must have been a few of those hanging around. My mother gave a perfect copy to someone not realizing she had the Gutenburg Bible, one of the first.

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  5. I love illustrated novels, and have several old ones that I've picked up at our library book sale. Those illustrations really add a certain intrigue to the books. I wonder if Sanders cashed in and sold his copy, or just had it appraised ...

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  6. Oh. Tattered. hmmm
    Only! (rubbing knot on forehead from head falling on desk)

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  7. Oh how I would love to see that book!
    Karen

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  8. J.M., I hope you're kidding.

    Joanne, the news piece didn't say.

    JP, you made me laugh!

    Karen, you and me both.

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  9. $50,000 is more than I'll ever have. Sheesh. Wish *I* could find tattered old books that appraise for 50K!

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  10. No, I'm not kidding. Unfortunately for the family.

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  11. I'll probably have to wait 600 years to make 50k off my books.

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  12. Not if you start right now, Christopher.

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  13. Only $50,000 lol!

    It's amazing what treasures get passed down in families and we have no idea what we have.

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  14. wow - I love that show! alas alack we don't get it on our ONE channel but that's OK - I need to knit or write anyway...
    I love old books but have only seen one that rivals that age - The Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin. ah.
    Jan Morrison

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  15. Gee, only fifty grand? Hardly worth the effort!" The Old Silly exclaimed with his tongue firmly against his cheek.

    I watch "Pawn Stars" sometimes, and on one show a guy brought in a book that the store's "expert" consultant authenticated as having come from Da Vinci's personal library. It also had hand written notes in the margins. Had those notes been in Da Vinci's own handwriting the book would've appraised at over a million bucks. But they did not match his script style, so he only got $60K - about half what the store figured they could sell it to a collector for. Still, not bad for just rumaging through the attic in a house you just bought and finding that!

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  16. It means the book is printed only 25 years after Johann Gutenberg died. No wonder the book is attractive for collectors. It's faaar beyond my budget though >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  17. Oh, J.M.! That's awful.

    Let me know when it happens, Christopher.

    That's true, Sia, but I don't think I have any treasures in my old stuff.

    Jan, I wonder what it is that makes us sigh about old books. I think it's that someone so long ago wrote it.

    That would be a cool find, Marvin.

    I can swing a buck or maybe ten. Would that help, Cold As Heaven?

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  18. Great story. I, too, like the Roadshow. It is so much fun to see what turns out to be a real treasure and what isn't. I love old books, so this was special.

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  19. Darn, I wish I hadn't thrown that book away that my daughter's dog ate the top half of, it might have been priceless one day.
    Ann

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  20. I love that show. It's wonderful when rare books come up.

    Denise<3

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  21. I could dig through all my old books, and I guarantee you I wouldn't find one worth near that much. It's fun to dream, though.

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