British Library seeks to acquire Europe’s oldest book

The British Library is trying to raise £9M to acquire what is thought to be Europe’s oldest intact book, the Anglo-Saxon St. Cuthbert Gospel. The late 7th century book still has its original red leather cover, and contains the Gospel of John. The binding is beautifully decorated and the calligraphy is as clear and beautiful as it was when it was written 1300 years ago. You can get a look at it in the video below, and contribute to the acquisition fund at the British Library website.

via @Melwyk


2 comments on “British Library seeks to acquire Europe’s oldest book

  1. James says:

    That is incredible – what a wonderful book and well looked after also all these years later. A true treasure from the past! Lets hope more of these old books are found.

  2. Sandra says:

    Holding an ancient book in her bare hand with no glove???

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