30 August 2017
It was wrapped in cardboard and bundled with other donated goods, so the identity of the donor is a complete mystery.
Manager of Brotherhood Books Greg Simpson says it looks to be authentic.
"It certainly looks every bit of 362 years of age. It’s printed in very antiquated fonts, and the language used is a very old style of English. It’s bound in what appears to be sheepskin, which may be why the cover is still intact" he says.
Greg says there have been a couple of books donated to Brotherhood Books in the past which date from the 1700s, so this could be the oldest he has encountered so far.
"We are now in the process of trying to find out more about it, contacting museums and antique book dealers, to determine its authenticity and true value," he says.
Greg spoke to Melbourne Radio 3AW Breakfast about the book.
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