Throughout time, books played a fundamental role: brought famous fictional characters to life, they told censored stories, they preserved in print the most important facts of history and they put into words loves, heartbreaks and betrayals.
However, some of them stood out not only for the subject matter they addressed, but also for having broken records, such as being the most sold or curious in history.
The five best-selling books in history
With over three million copies sold, The Bible -which has been translated into more than 700 languages- It is the most purchased book in history..
Second on the list is Quotes from Chairman Mao Tse-tunga book that, as its name indicates, collects phrases and speeches of the first president who founded and governed the People’s Republic of China between 1949 and 1976.
Don Quixote of the stain ranked third in the ranking. This book -written by Miguel de Cervantes– sold more than 500 million copies along the history.
The fourth book that tops the ranking is Harry Potterof JK Rowling. Counting all the installments of his saga, he has been around 400 million books sold worldwide.
Finally, the book that closes the top five from the list is History of two cities of Charles Dickenswhich takes more than 200 million copies sold.
The five most curious books in history
flowers of the four seasons it is the smallest book in the world. Measure 0.74 x 0.75 mm and entered the Guinness Record.
On the contrary, This is the prophet Muhammad It is the largest specimen in the world. Measure five meters and has 429 pages.
The Diamond Sutra It is the longest-lived printed book of all.. Although It is not the oldest in history, it is the oldest of those that are still availableGiven the it was written 1155 years ago.
In Search of Lost Time -written by Marcel Proust– it is the longest book in history. This work, which was divided into seven volumes, has 3031 pages to his credit.
Finally, Codex Seraphinianusof Luigi Serafini, is the rarest book in the world because, to this day, no one could decipher what its pages say.
Why is International Book Day celebrated?
Since 1930, International Book Day is celebrated every April 23 to pay homage to literature. The date chosen coincides with the death of William Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso De La Vega and Miguel de Cervantesthree iconic writers.
To remember this anniversary, Argentina inaugurates -every year- the Book Fair that same week to remember the authors who gave life to the international celebration.
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