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Not just gold, stocks or bonds: Why is it worth to invest in books?

Mgr. Jana Höger
29.Dec 2020
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Rodina, kniha, investice

Books are an incredible source of inspiration and relaxation, they are the doors to imagination, and also our personal treasure. Let's take a look together at a selection of collectible gems that are definitely worth checking out. Their value is already huge and will grow gradually over time!

You cannot make a mistake by investing in books

It's no longer true that people would invest only into pension savings, stocks or various bonds. On the contrary, a lot of people invest in real estate, gold, cryptocurrencies, stocks or startups nowadays - or they invest their time and money into themselves. But have you ever considered investing a decent portion of your savings into luxury books, rare limited edition prints that are timeless and will serve generations after generations without losing their value? A big role plays the fact that book investments are considered a very sophisticated and safe investing tool, and it's absolute true in this case that each piece is completely unique.

As the famous Honoré de Balzac once said:

"Flowers and books are just as necessary for many people as daily bread."

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Labyrint světa a ráj srdce, Jan Ámos Komenský
Labyrint světa a ráj srdce, Jan Ámos KomenskýSource: Lakara London

A book collector's "gem" on the first place

The title of the most expensive book in the Czech Republic is held by a fascinating book by Jan William Drnek, Epopej, that came out in 2019. It's a collector's item published in only 200 pieces. Inside the book, you can find all 20 large-format paintings of the Slavic Epic by the famous Czech artist Alfons Mucha. The price for the book was set to 270,000 CZK and it can climb up to 360,000 CZK, if you wish to purchase it in a special serial number. It comes with a bonus in form of a unique jewelry piece, designed by artist Jarmila Mucha Plocková, Mucha's granddaughter.

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Kniha Epopej
Kniha EpopejSource:

Luxusní rodinná vila na pronájem - Praha 6
Luxusní rodinná vila na pronájem - Praha 6, Praha 6

Which other books can serve generations to come?

A suitable investment could be a book about a grand master painter, Nekonečný Leonardo (The Eternal Leonardo), which offers a unique view into the life, ideas and work of Leonardo da Vinci, with new perspectives on his life, character and family. It was published in 2017. The price is 27,000 CZK.

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Nekonečný Leonardo
Nekonečný LeonardoSource:

The family Bible with a leather binding and blind embossing, patina and gold embossing is also remarkable, and can be purchased for a little under 50,000 CZK. This book was published in 2016.

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Rodinná Bible
Rodinná BibleSource:

Or how about the fascinating three-volume book The Sistine Chapel, which costs a hefty sum of money and looking at its price tag might actually make you sweat a little. This magnificent work was published in 2016 and you can buy it for 329,000 CZK.

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Kniha Sixtinská kaple
Kniha Sixtinská kapleSource:

And finally some hot news

John Amos Comenius' Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart got a fresh cover. Behind its revival is the leading Czech artist Miroslav Huptych, who put a lot of effort and his own heart into this book. He has been working on the illustrations off and on for 7 years.

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Labyrint světa a ráj srdce
Labyrint světa a ráj srdceSource: Lakara London

Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart in detail

The beautiful book contains 54 illustrations with an original signed lithograph added to it. One page of the book always features the original text in the authentic, colorful Comenius language, and the next oneh the adaptation to the 21st century contemporary language. The reader can therefore make a coparison of how the Czech language has changed and understand the timeless critical views of the society that Comenius lived in.

"Comenius' text in itself is exceptional and pioneering, it doesn't lose its depth over time. The illustrations are developed associations and context related to the text. The publisher paid extra attention to the original form of the book, the great work here was done by the graphic designer Pavel Růt, including the unusual concept of the bibliophilic version of the book's leather cover,"

Miroslav Huptych added about the book's details.

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Labyrint světa a ráj srdce, detail
Labyrint světa a ráj srdce, detailSource: Lakara London

And what do you like to invest in?

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