Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, November 29, 2013
The world's 10 most expensive books
Believed to be the world's most valuable book, the Bay Psalm Book is expected to be sold at auction for up to $30m today. The Telegraph One of the finest surviving copies of the first book printed in what is now the United States of America will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York. The Congregationalist Puritans who emigrated to Massachusetts Bay in search of religious freedom translated and produced a version of the Book of Psalms. The first edition was printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1640, and Sotheby’s will auction one of the 11 surviving copies. The book has a pre-sale estimate of $15/30m. Picture: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri