A 500-year-old book published soon after Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press turned up at an appraisal day at a museum in Sandy, Utah. The owner of the book brought it to the event in a plastic bag. He said it belonged to his great uncle and was kept in the attic for years. The illustrated German-language book, titled “Nuremberg Chronicle,” was published in 1493. Two-thirds of its pages are missing, its condition is poor, and a few hundred copies of the book still exist. But the appraiser, Ken Sanders, is thrilled to have identified the book. It is made of cotton bond paper, not wood pulp, and smells like an old book. It’s a tattered piece of history worth up to $50,000.
(Source: vintageanchorbooks, via themissourireview)