The 10 Most Expensive Books Of 2006

Posted on January 18, 2007 

The 10 Most Expensive Books Of 2006

The 10 Most Expensive Books Of 2006

In an evermore digitized world, the printed word takes on special value–especially if it happens to be enshrined in a rare, beautiful and historically significant book.

Auction houses and collectors did brisk business in rare books in 2006, setting records in several categories. A 15th-century edition of maps by the second-century Greek mathematician Ptolemy brought in $4 million, the highest price ever paid for an atlas. An 1873 signed edition of Une saison en enfer (A Season in Hell) by the poet Arthur Rimbaud brought in a record price for a work of French literature, $644,000.

The 10 Most Expensive Books Of 2006

10. Comedies, Histories & Tragedies (aka First Folio)

By William Shakespeare, printed in London in 1623.

Price: $5.1 million

The First Folio may be the most important book in English literature. This first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays includes more than a dozen plays that survived nowhere else.

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