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Which is your countrys oldest book?

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    Posted: 13 Aug 2009 at 07:05

Which is your countrys oldest book?

  

Swedens oldest book can be the so called Skaramissalet, a book with liturgic texts wich includes the texts of the Christian mass. The book is handwritten and orignally contained 300 pages made out of parchment. It consisted of two volumes. Today 44 of the pages remain. The book is dated around 1150 AD.

 

http://www.nemo.nu/sagabo/cabin/platser/skaramissalet.jpg

 

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Swedens oldest printed book is Dyalogus Creaturarum Moralizatus ( the moral dialogues of Creation). It was printed by Johan Snell in the year 1483 and contains a sort of fable dialogues.

 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/46/Dyalogus_creaturarum-s197.jpg/250px-Dyalogus_creaturarum-s197.jpg

 

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In Chile there are chronicles of the conquest starting at least from 1541. However, the first record ever comes from the Magellian expedition in 1521.
There are descriptions of events, though, starting from a century before the conquest, but that were put in writting lot of time afterwards.
 
Now, for the older proper book (not just letters or things like that), that still persists, I bet it is the Araucaniad (1569) of Alonzo de Ercilla.


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A primer from the end of the 16th century I believe.
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The Book of Kells, circa. 800 ad.
 
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Originally posted by Dolphin Dolphin wrote:

The Book of Kells, circa. 800 ad.
 
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One can also add that the two old books I mentioned above are written with latin characters. But that is not the oldest writings here in Sweden. The oldest are rune inscriptions on different objects made of bone, wood and similar. The oldest of these inscriptions dates back to around AD 200. Later people here started to erect stones with runes carved on them.
 
We have the oldest rune alphabet from around 200 AD to 800 and a younger alphabet from around 800 to 1100 (or even 1200). Certain kinds of runes have also been used later, in the medieval times and into modern times.
 
One can say that much of our oldest literature is carved in stone.
 
 
 
 
 
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Avesta from 12th century BC.
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The very first book printed in what is now the United States was printed in 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre.
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The oldest extant European book is the Derveni Papyrus from the 3rd century BC, found in a tomb, but probably going back to the 4th or 5th century BC.  It is Orphic literature and is sole extant example of its type of literature, a commentary on Orphic literature.
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