Most Expensive Books
The most expensive book to buy as a single edition is ‘Michelangelo. La Dotta Mano’. A single edition costs £78,500, each hand made copy takes 6 months to create and weighs 62 pounds as the front cover is made from white marble.
The most expensive book sold at auction was a copy of the Bay Psalm book which was sold at Sotheby’s in New York City, USA for $14.2m (£8.7m). The book was one of 11 surviving copies from the 1700 copies produced by the residents of the Massachusetts Bay colony. It dates from 1640 and the title was the first book every printed in British North America. The copy was sold to US businessman David Rubenstein at auction.
Most Books Signed by One Author in a Single Session
Orrin Woodward (USA) signed 6,786 copies of his book ‘And Justice For All’ at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, USA, on 21 June 2014.
Largest Colouring Book
The largest colouring book measures 10 m² (107.63 ft²), and was achieved by Wydawnictwo Zielona Sowa SP z o.o (Poland), as verified at the National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland, on 24 May 2014.
First Book Printed on Recycled Paper
The second edition of ‘Historical Account of the Substances Which Have Been Used to Describe Events, and to Convey Ideas From the Earliest Date to the Invention of Paper’ by Matthias Koops, based in London was published in 1801. The first edition, in 1800, had been printed on paper made from straw, but part of the second was – as Koops noted – on pages “re-made from old printed and written paper”.
Largest and Smallest Published Books
The record for the largest published book is one edition of ‘The Little Prince’. The book measures 2.01 meters (6ft 7in) high and 3.08 meters (10ft 1in) wide when open, and contains 128 pages. It is edited by Eidouro Gráfica e Editora Ltda.(Brazil) and it was presented at the XIII Biannual Book Fair of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 13 September 2007.
The smallest printed book measures 0.74 x 0.75 mm (0.0291 x 0.0295 inches) and is entitled ‘Flowers of the Four Seasons’. Toppan Printing Co. Ltd Printing Museum (Japan) printed 250 copies of the book in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan, from April to December 2012.
Longest Time Spinning a Guinness World Records™ Book on the Finger
Andrew Wirth (USA) set the record at The Skellig Restaurant in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, on 7 August 2011. He span a Guinness World Records™ book on his finger for 40 minutes and 8 seconds.
Most Books Toppled in a Domino Fashion
The most books toppled in a domino fashion is 10,200 and was achieved by Sinners Domino Entertainment (Germany) at Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany, on 14 October 2015.
Most People Balancing Books on their Heads
Danielle Di-Masi (Australia) organised an event at which 998 people balanced books on their heads, thus setting the record.
Most Expensive Book Illustration Sold at Auction
A Beatrix Potter (UK) watercolour titled ‘The Rabbits’ Christmas Party’ was sold at auction on 17 July 2008. It was created in the 1890’s. A British collector bought it for $513,177 (£289,250).
Most Expensive Books of Photographs
‘Helmut Newton’s Sumo’ retails at $1,500 (£1,000) for a first edition hardcover. It is a retrospective of Australian photographer Helmut Newton’s work.