ABU DHABI – Visitors to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) will have the opportunity to view a valuable collection of rare books and manuscripts dating back to antiquity.
In a statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Christoph Auvermann of Librairie Française Clavreuil said the library was taking part in the fair for the second time to showcase old and rare books.
This year, the library is showcasing a book containing drawings of rare birds that dates back to 1550 and is valued at AED11 million, he added.
Daniel Crouch, of Daniel Crouch Rare Books, said the fair is a valuable opportunity to meet leading institutions and book collectors in the region. He added that this is their third appearance at the fair, with their exhibits comprising 53 pieces, including a globe worth AED 9.5 million, created by Vincenzo Coronelli in 1688, as well as an AED 500,000 card case from Queen Victoria’s Royal Yacht. Victoria and Albert II, containing maps including photos of the port of Abu Dhabi in 1888.
Artur Sobolewski, of Dom Emisyjny Manuscriptum, Poland, said his company was showcasing a rare book signed by Leonardo Da Vinci, which is currently owned by Bill Gates and is worth $500 million.
His company, which was keen to participate in this year’s fair, prepared 200 copies of rare manuscripts, worth AED 45,000 each, he added.
Olivier Pingel, of Le Prince Art Consultancy in Sharjah, said he was attending the event for the second time, showcasing rare books dating from 1508 to 1931.