A 200-Year-Old Library Was Recently Discovered And Here’s What Was Lying Inside
A 200-year-old library was recently discovered and what they found inside quickly went viral all around the world. The road from paper to the online universe has never been quicker and luckily for us, because we can all enjoy such amazing discoveries in almost no time.
Just a few days ago, in Bouillon, a very small town located in the south of Belgium, an untouched ‘time capsule’ in the form of a library was just discovered. Estate agent Henri Godts received information from close relatives that a small secretive library belonging to the original owner was somewhere to be found inside the house.
The original owner of the property was a French intellectual who allegedly fled the French Revolution and decided to take refuge in Belgium. He took with him an impressive library which for almost 2 centuries has been kept a secret.
“It is extremely rare to find such an authentic library, it is as if I had been catapulted in the 18th century in a time machine, the books are all perfectly preserved and seem to have come straight out of the printing press. ” declared estate agent Henri Godts .
The library contains 182 extremely rare books dating back from the 18th and 19th century. The space is also fully equipped with the original furniture of the time, adding to its unique style, charm and historical value.
Most of the books present in the library describe exotic countries, different regions and various civilizations from around the world. It was basically the Wikipedia of the time.
One of the most interesting finds was an old atlas designed by Antwerp’s very own Abraham Ortelius, who was considered to be the greatest cartographer of all time during his life. The atlas dates from 1575 and it is considered by many specialists as the very first modern atlas.
Just to get an idea of how rare this discovery is, Abraham Ortelius’ atlas was only published in 100 copies, and throughout the centuries, most of them have disappeared. An estimated price for 1 copy goes from 40,000-45,000 euros, which is roughly $50,000.
The library itself will be auctioned off on June 20th, and the owners are estimating to earn anywhere from 32,500 to 41,000 euros. Collectors, both local and international, are already excited to participate at this unique auction.
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