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30 Amazing Facts About Books  | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. First book to ever be printed was the Bible. It was, however, in Latin rather than English.
  2. Amazingly it took three years of constant printing to complete Johann Gutenberg’s famous Bible, which appeared in 1455 in two volumes, and had 1,284 pages. He reportedly printed 200 Bibles, of which 47 still exist.
  3. The Bible is the best selling book of all time with amazing six billion books sold.
  4. The Bible was in fact written by about 40 men over a period of about 1600 years dating from 1500 BC to about 100 years after Christ.
  5. Amazing fact is that if you put all the bibles printed so far on a long bookshelf and started driving along the shelf at 55 mph, you would have to drive 40 hours per week for over four months to get to the end.
  6. The oldest-dated book in the world is the British Library’s copy of the Diamond Sutra, printed in China in 868.
  7. In the 15 th century , scholars in China compiled a set of encyclopedia that contained amazing 11095 volumes.
  8. In the 16th century, the world’s bestselling book was Erasmus’s handbook on good manners for children, De Civilitate Morum Puerilium Libellus. Written in Latin in Freiburg in 1530, it has amazingly run to 130 editions over 300 years.
  9. Amazingly there have been over 20,000 books written about the game of Chess.
  10. It’s amazing that the United States Library of Congress contains 73 millions books arranged on 350 miles of shelves.
  11. Amazingly Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel in 1939 , ‘Gadsby’, which contains over 50,000 words , none of them with the letter E!
  12. French author Michel Thaler published an amazing 233 page novel which has no verbs.
  13. During his entire lifetime, Herman Melville’s timeless classic of the sea, ‘Moby Dick’, only sold 50 copies.
  14. The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge which was amazingly returned by heirs 288 years later.
  15. There is an amazing book giving the calculation of pi to two million places running to 800 pages.
  16. In the book, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo is one amazing sentence which is 823 words long.
  17. The author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle, was an ophthalmologist, an eye doctor. He had to take up writing to make ends meet.
  18. Charles Dickens had to be facing north before he could write a word.
  19. Between 1986 and 1996, Brazilian author Jose Carlos Ryoki de Alpoim Inoue had amazing 1,058 novels published.
  20. The largest book in the world is “The Klencke Atlas” which is 1.75 meters long and 1.90 meters wide. It needs six persons to lift it and other two to open it. Johan Maurits of Nassau made The Klencke Atlas, which Amsterdam merchant Johannes Klencke apparently presented to Charles II of England upon the king’s restoration to the throne in 1660.  The book is a collection of maps.
  21. Amazingly Alice In Wonderland was banned in China in 1931 as talking animals were an insult to humans.
  22. Amazing fact is that part of the M6 toll road is built from copies of pulped Mills and Boon novels. 2.5 million books were shredded into a paste and then added to a mixture of asphalt and Tarmac to prevent it cracking.
  23. Amazingly the most expensive book is The Task by Tomas Alexander Hartmann. It has a value by the author for 213 million U.S. dollars. It’s only 13 pages long.
  24. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
  25. Fact is Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear trousers.
  26. The last word in the Bible is “Amen.”
  27. The world’s smallest book must be read using an electron microscope.  This first-ever nanoscale book was published as a work of art in April 2007. This amazing book, called Teeny Ted from Turnip Town, measures 0.07 mm by 0.10 mm!!
  28. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , 1974  book which was amazingly rejected by 121 publishers has sold 5 million copies worldwide !
  29. Amazing fact is that Harvard university library has 4 books bound in human skin.
  30. The world’s most expensive book ever purchased was bought by Bill Gates at auction for amazing $30.8 million dollars. The title of the book is Codex Leicester by Leonard da Vinci.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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