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List of most expensive books and manuscripts

This is a list of the highest known prices paid for books, comic books, manuscripts, and documents. The earliest sale on the list is of the Gospels of Henry the Lion, in 1983. Most of the books were originally published between 1600 and 1850

Book of Mormon

In the late 19th century the extant portion of the printer's manuscript remained with the family of David Whitmer, who had been a principal founder of the Latter Day Saints and who, by the 1870s,
 Book of Mormon

Codex Leicester

The Codex Leicester also briefly known as Codex Hammer is a collection of famous scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. The Codex is named after Thomas Coke later created Earl of Leicester, who purchased it in 1719

Magna Carta

Magna Carta Libertatum Medieval Latin for "the Great Charter of the Liberties" commonly called Magna Carta also Magna Charta "the Great Charter"

St Cuthbert Gospel

The St Cuthbert Gospel, also known as the Stonyhurst Gospel or the St Cuthbert Gospel of St John, is an early 8th-century pocket gospel book, written in Latin

Bay Psalm Book

The Bay Psalm Book was the first book printed in British North America. The book is a metrical Psalter, first printed in 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Rothschild Prayerbook

The Rothschild Prayerbook or Rothschild Hours both titles are used for other books, is an important Flemish illuminated manuscript book of hours, compiled

Gospels of Henry the Lion

The Gospels of Henry the Lion were intended by Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony, for the altar of the Virgin Mary in the church of St. Blaise's Abbey, Brunswick, better known as Brunswick Cathedral. The volume is considered a masterpiece of Romanesque book illumination of the 12th century

The Birds of America

The Birds of America is a book by naturalist and painter John James Audubon, containing illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the United States. It was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838 in Edinburgh and London

The Birds of America

The work consists of hand-coloured, life-size prints, made from engraved plates, measuring around 39 by 26 inches "99 by 66 cm" It includes images of six now-extinct birds

The Birds of America

The work consists of hand-coloured, life-size prints, made from engraved plates, measuring around 39 by 26 inches "99 by 66 cm" It includes images of six now-extinct birds
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