Europe’s Oldest Known Book


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The St. Cuthbert Gospel, the oldest known, still-intact book of European origin just sold for about US$14 million to The British Library in London. It was placed in a coffin about 1,300 years ago, which partly explains why it’s apparently very well-preserved. The Library’s curator says the book is “…the starting point of our evidence for the history of the Western book.” Pretty amazing. Read more here.