“The Book of Wealth” provides a magnificent insight into some of the wealthiest individuals, wealthiest institutions and wealthiest organizations throughout the history of the world. It is an in depth analysis of the thinking behind some of the greatest people such as the Babylonians, the Romans and even the Egyptian Pharaohs who built one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, that still exists today! That, of course is the Great Pyramid of Giza, also called the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops.
The book travels the world and endeavours to analyse the focus and strategies of some of the wealthiest minds that lived on this planet.
But is it actually a wealth creation bible?
“The Book of Wealth” was published by entrepreneur and self made millionaire Hubert Howe Bancroft in 1896. This magnum opus comprises 10 volumes and was sold, in limited numbers, for $2,500 and $1,000 a copy, depending upon whether you purchased the first, or cygne noir edition, or the second, fin de siècle edition.
As you can well imagine, that was a considerable sum to pay for Bancroft’s publication, back at that time. Consequently, there were very few individuals who could afford to pay such prices. As a result, only the richest and most powerful of families could afford to buy “The Book of Wealth.” Such scarcity has meant that the contents of Bancroft’s works have been covered in a shroud of secrecy for over 100 years. Indeed, whenever “The Book of Wealth” has come up for sale at auction, there has inevitably been furious bidding.
However, does this book hold the secret to eternal wealth or is it just another money making scam?
In his defence, Hubert Bancroft describes his book as;
“An Inquiry into the Nature and Distribution of the World’s Resources and Riches, and a History of the Origin and Influence of Property, its Possession, Accumulation and Disposition in all Ages and among all Nations.”
At no time did Bancroft say:
“Buy my book and you will get rich!”
However, reference to Bancroft’s book does appear to have been used in the promotion of seminars, which claim to help you improve your finances.
I personally, am unclear as to what this publication is intended to deliver in terms of self improvement or financial wealth. Whilst I appreciate that enrichment can mean many things, aside from material wealth, I just cannot grasp what is so special and unique about this rare book, from a financial perspective. Yes, of course the book has great historical significance, that cannot be denied. But, unless you are an historian or bibliophile, such as Hubert Bancroft, I’m not sure if you would appreciate his efforts if you’re simply looking for a means to pay the bills every month!
Perhaps my intelligence is such that I will never “get” what this book is all about. By all means call me an ignoramus! However, it is not Bancroft’s works which I am questioning. Merely the interpretation or spin that is being placed upon this book from some quarters. Certainly you will require a lot of time, motivation and patience to read all 10 volumes and I am sure that there are many who are passionate about this publication and will inevitably do so.
So, is “The Book of Wealth” a scam? Well, actually no. It is clearly of important historical significance.
Is “The Book of Wealth” for everyone? Again, the answer has to be no and perhaps Hubert Bancroft realised this when he limited publication numbers all those years ago!
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