One of the world’s oldest books will be auctioned

One of the world's oldest books will be auctioned


A book from Egypt, written at the dawn of Christianity, will be auctioned in London.

A book from Egypt, written at the dawn of Christianity and believed to be one of the oldest books in existence, will go up for auction in June in London.

How reports Reuters, we are talking about a book written in Coptic on papyrus around 250-350 AD and created in one of the first Christian monasteries. Its estimated value, according to Christie’s, ranges from 2.6 to 3.8 million dollars.

According to Christie’s senior medieval and Renaissance manuscript specialist Eugenio Donadoni, the book represents the earliest known texts of two books of the Bible. The 104 pages (52 leaves) were written by one scribe over 40 years in a monastery in Upper Egypt. The papyrus contains the first letter of Peter and the Book of Jonah.

The papyrus was discovered in Egypt in the 1950s and acquired by the University of Mississippi, where it remained until 1981. Norwegian manuscript collector Dr. Martin Schoen acquired it in 1988 and is now auctioning it along with several other items from his collection.


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