The St Cuthbert Gospel © The British Museum
 
The Economist reports on the 14 July last year that –
 

The book fits into the palm of your hand. It is barely three inches across, weighs no more than a few ounces and it opens with words familiar through the ages, In principio erat verbum (“In the beginning was the word”). It was written more than 1,300 years ago in a neat hand using ink made of oak-gall nuts mixed with carbon. This week news came that St Cuthbert’s Gospel, the earliest intact European book, is to be bought for Britain for £9m ($14.4m) from the Jesuit order.

The St Cuthbert Gospel © The British Museum

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