A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books

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posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 01:49 PM
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Good morning, afternoon and evening ATS,

Take a gander at this beauty...




This book, housed in the Rogge Library in Strängnäs, Sweden, is from the late 16th century. It contains devotional texts including Martin Luther’s "Der kleine Catechismus". I find it amazing as well as perplexing the amount of work that probably went into this.

The pictures speak for themselves












It amazes me how something as simple as a book can be crafted into something so amazing. Have a great day everyone!

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posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 01:52 PM
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nice bit of craftsmanship. very cool.



posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 01:55 PM
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As a collector of old (and most times not so rare) books, I think this thing is amazing. The coolest part is that each way it opens reveals a new book!
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posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 01:58 PM
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Great find! S&F for you. Such ingenuity in the craftsmanship. You won't find that devotion to a craft nowadays.



posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 02:03 PM
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O.k. cool but WHY..

If this is a book to be used and like you say had devotional writings it seems it was created for more than just a novelty. Could there be some hidden code thats revieled depending oh How you open and read the book?

I'd like to know how the content is layed out for each opened side and what the differences are in the text for each side. I know in those medieval times they liked to hide stuff in writings to protect secrets.. I can easily see this as being a reason to create such a book.
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posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 02:14 PM
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I thought the same thing. My thinking is there were three possibilities.

One may have been for pure experimentation with craftsmanship. The second may have been because book making materials were scarce at that particular time and place. Thirdly, maybe it did have some kind of mystery about it --- reminds me of those origami paper things we used to make in grade school haha.




posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 02:18 PM
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So beautiful and really well kept... Then it would have only belonged to 'very special' people

iamhobo - Do you happen to know which are the other 5 books, in addition to "Der kleine Catechismus"...?
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posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 02:24 PM
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iamhobo

Take a gander at this beauty...





Now I know what I want for Christmas.

I had to come out of hibernation for that, that is just amazing.

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posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 02:38 PM
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I tried looking into it a bit, but to no avail. I can't find a title to the book (mainly because there are six) which has me at a roadblock.

There are, however, a few more pictures

National Library of Sweden's Flickr page

The book is based on a French version of binding called "dos-à-dos" -- but to my knowledge there aren't any that come close to the six-fold version.

That photo album also contains some normal versions of the dos-à-dos binding too, pretty neat.
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posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 03:12 PM
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How gorgeous is that?! I would be tickled pink if I ever stumbled across a multi-book....book like this. The deviation from the standard book design we all know is simply refreshing, 16th century or not. Why do the same thing over and over again when someone can come up with something very different? The purpose may be the same, but like taking the scenic route instead of the direct to a destination, a different route can be a fabulous change of pace. Even if it's just a book



posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 06:45 PM
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A 16th Century kindle by the looks of it
Fantastic design and craftsmanship something unfortunately lacking these days



posted on Mar, 22 2014 @ 11:52 PM
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That book must be worth a fortune. I have never even heard of such a book. The craftsmanship and design are superb and unlike anything you could find today. I would love to own this!



posted on Mar, 23 2014 @ 01:31 AM
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Beautiful book.
I only have a book that opens two ways. Looks normal though. Duh. Except it's very small. Wish I knew what I did with it.
Thsts gonna bug me all day now.



posted on Mar, 23 2014 @ 11:15 AM
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Cool! It's like a really advanced choose your own adventure novel.
2nd line.



posted on Mar, 27 2014 @ 02:48 AM
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I'd like to bump this thread as it is so amazing. I think a lot of folks might have missed this and would love to see it!!



posted on Apr, 2 2014 @ 01:09 PM
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Wow! Has anyone ever seen a modern equivalent?



posted on Apr, 2 2014 @ 06:54 PM
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Nope. I doubt that one exists, but you never know.



posted on Apr, 2 2014 @ 07:04 PM
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Some monk must have been very, very bored to have come up with that beauty.



posted on Apr, 2 2014 @ 07:14 PM
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VforVendettea
Some monk must have been very, very bored to have come up with that beauty.


LOL! Or just very very creative!



posted on Apr, 2 2014 @ 07:22 PM
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The paper inside looks almost brand new, so I'm guessing, like with many old durable books, it's made from hemp stock. This is truly amazing and calling it a work of art doesn't feel like it says it all. It's a work of art, of craftsmanship, and of ingenuity. Thanks for sharing this, and I've uploaded the gif so I can use it elsewhere. Appreciated.





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