June 11, 2006

The Oldest Book I Own

Following a meme from Chris Tilling, Chris Weimer asks, "What is the oldest book you own?" Well, I think the oldest book in our library is a collection of sermons by John Evans, (Practical Discourses concerning the Christian Temper, London: Denhan & Dick, 1802).


From slightly later is Williams Greenfield's Novum Testamentum & Lexicon, London: Samuel Bagster, c. 1805. The cover and title page are missing but the preface and the remainder of the small book is in tact but very fragile. The Greek text is so small I can barely read it. I have pictured the title page for the Greek Lexicon below.

 Novum Testamentum

In total, we have 32 books that we are sure are one hundred years old or older. Perhaps my favorite is the two-volume set of Colonel Wilson's Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881 which are in excellent condition but Edward Robertson's Biblical Researches in Palestine, Mount Sinai and Arabia Petraea, New York: Crocker & Brewster, 1841 is also a lot of fun. The illustrations in these volumes are wonderful.

Chris Weimer owns a Latin hymnal from 1756. I never would have guessed he was old enough.

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I started early. ;-) Also, Stephen Carlson professes one from 1646.


Posted by: Chris Weimer at June 11, 2006 11:22 AM

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