There have been movies which have somewhat touched upon the rarest books on Earth. You’ll see an archaeologist dig into a tomb and then uncover a book sitting on a pedestal, illuminated by light breaking through the ceiling. Although rare books are still found in this manner each year, most of them are not.
It turns out that most of the rare books we know of, are sitting in libraries. Collections from sophisticated classes of people. Passed down from generation to generation and many are forgotten. Many original manuscripts are still likely located in such places.
If you’re on the hunt for these types of books, then here are a few tips I can give you.
The next time you visit a library, look for old looking books. You can spot them with a bit of experience in the field so it’s a bit difficult for me to give you precise advice. However, they are what you’d expect. Old, worn, a bit dusty, and they probably haven’t been touched in ages.
Be careful when you interact with an old book. They can crumble and tear very easily. This is why I recommend that you check back and study our tips for caring for old copies.
Get expert help if you’re confused or worries. The worst thing that can happen to an old book is for someone to get apprehensive about things and to unintentionally damage the book. Many cities have trained experts who can assist you, some will happily do so just to see old texts and put their hands on them.