Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On the Value of Books

"De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) by Nicolaus Copernicus "went for the out-of-this-world price of $2.2 million on Tuesday at a sale of about 300 books of scientific significance" at Christie's auction house, MSNBC reported.

Estimates that the books would fetch $6 million proved to be modest, as the total sales exceeded $11 million. Also included in the sale was a copy of the first phone book, issued in 1878, which went for $170,500."

--from Shelf Awareness Daily News via email, 6/18/08

I remember spending $12 on an old edition of At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald back in my early college days and thinking that was an enormous sum. Guess not.


Monday, June 16, 2008