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15th century book turns up in Utah

A rare 15th century book, the Nuremberg Chronicles, has turned up at a fundraising event in Utah. Assuming the edition found in Utah is authentic, it was actually printed in 1493, in the same century that Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press. The Nuremberg Chronicle was already 100 years old when

Jordan demands return of earliest Christian writings

Officials in Jordan are demanding the return of the earliest Christian writings in existence: some 70 codices written on lead which date back 2,000 years. He says they could be "the major discovery of Christian history", adding: "It's a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been

The wonderful imaginings of Alexander Graham Bell

The Library of Congress has digitized and made available online Alexander Graham Bell's sketchbook of ideas. Above is a sketch of his telephone system. The books are a priceless treasure of an incredibly fertile mind working through one of the most exciting periods of technological innovation in the history of the

Original King James Bible found on Church shelf

A 400-year-old original King James Bible has been found on a shelf in a Church in Wiltshire, England. What a find! There are fewer than 200 original printings of the King James version known to exist. And it is believed that the rediscovered Bible is one of the few remaining editions

Cracked Mayan code may lead to lost treasure

This is a story right out of Indiana Jones: Archaeologists have translated an ancient Mayan codex which points to a lost treasure at the bottom of a lake in Guatemala. It sounds like a movie, but it's very much real, reported FoxNewsLatino. Joachim Rittsteig, an expert in Mayan writing who is

18th century poetry porn

A racy new finding in the back of an 18th century collection of poetry may explain why the book was so popular, being reprinted over 20 times. It is the first time the connection between the popularity of this bestselling poetic miscellany and the erotic verses in ‘The Cabinet of Love’

16th century nose jobs

A 16th century book sold at auction contains some of the first documented information on how to perform a nose job. This book, which sold for a whopping 11,000 pounds to a modern-day plastic surgeon, was written by Gaspare Tagliacozzi. He was the professor or surgery and anatomy at the University of

14th century King Arthur manuscript to be sold

A 14th century manuscript, containing the oldest surving account of the legends of King Arthur, is expected to bring in more than $3 million when it hits the auction block next month. More than 200 cows would have been needed to produce the vellum sheets for the three hefty volumes