A book costing one million.

The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye

This book, the first to be printed in the English language 540-years ago, has sold at auction for more than £1m. Offered for sale by the Duke of Northumberland, it started with a guide price at Sotheby’s of £600,000 but 3 rival bidders pushed that up.

It is a version of  The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye, a French book written around 1463.  William Caxton translated it which took three years and it was  published around 1474, when most books were printed in Latin, in either Ghent or Bruges, Belgium. The Duke of Burgundy had commissioned the book for his new wife Margaret, sister of Edward IV. The story is an epic romance which portrays the heroes of Greek mythology as chivalric figures.

Caxton wrote in the epilogue. “In the writing of the same my pen is worn, mine hand weary and not steadfast, mine eyes dimmed with overmuch looking on the white paper”.


Dan Brown on the radio

_67596251_inferno  On 21st May Radio 2 Book Club sees Simon Mayo joined by million selling author, Dan Brown, to discuss his new novel Inferno now in our stock. It’s only been rated 2 star by 14 of our readers so see what you think

Set in the heart of Europe, ‘Inferno’ follows renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon as he becomes drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno

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In 2005, Dan was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat” after the success of his book, The Da Vinci Code.