09 June 2011

500-year-old book for sale for $35,000

A partial copy of the 500-year-old Nuremberg Chronicle is now on sale for $35,000 at a rare book shop in Utah.

It’s considered one of the earliest and most lavishly illustrated books of the 15th century and coveted by collectors. Published in Germany in 1493, the book is a world history beginning in biblical times.
Ken Sanders, who appraises items for PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, came across the copy in April while volunteering at a fundraiser for the small town Sandy museum, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

The book’s owner says it was passed down by his great uncle and had been gathering dust in his attic for decades. He had no idea of its worth or significance until bringing it to Sanders in April.




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