You won’t be needing your reading glasses for this one, although some knowledge of 18th century Spanish colonies might be useful. There is nothing quite like this collection of 12 giant books made by a priest in 1715. Check it out.
The books are nearly a meter long, and were made with animal skin, wood, and leather. They were used primarily in religious services throughout Spanish colonies in Mexico during the colonial era.
In 1915, a woman named Tania Estrada tracked down the books in various libraries and re-located them to Mexico City, where they could be preserved by specialists. However, according to her inventory, there is still one book missing.
Most of the collection is in excellent condition. Only two of the books are missing their covers and binding.
It’s hard to believe these giant books were once common.
Each page was hand-painted – there was no printing press in those days.
Researchers believe that the missing book is still out there somewhere.
But where could it be? Have any of you seen a gigantic book lying around?
It is amazing that these giant books have been preserved. Seeing things like this really brings history to life. Don’t forget to share these incredible images with book-lovers everywhere – maybe together we can locate the missing volume.
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