Books are assets and weapons which when in the right hands can bring a change to the entire existence of man. There are a good number of literature works that have either been destroyed or lost to fire. If these books were still in existence today, they would have answered some vital questions.
1. The Gospel of Eve (anonymous)
This book is said to be a documentation of the most sexually perverse acts possible, it’s supposedly a lost text from the New Testament Apocrypha.
Saint Epiphanius had this book banned and burnt by the church and its practitioners banished. The Gospel was followed by gnostics who were lashed out against for practicing Reproduction interruptus, free love and eating semen, things that would have of course shaken the foundation of celibacy that the Christian Church thrives on. Whatever we know of it comes from a letter of Epiphanius and other citations of the book in various passages.
2. On Sphere-Making By Archimedes
This book would have probably helped solve many a riddle that the Greeks left behind. It is said to be a guide to how various inventions of the Greek world worked. More than anything, it was a document written down by one of the greatest minds in history, Archimedes.
When the Romans invaded Greece and set fire to the immense Library of Alexandria, copies of this book, along with many other great ones we don’t even know exist, were burnt to ashes.
3. The ‘Rare Books’ wing at the ‘House of Wisdom’
The Grand Library of Baghdad was also known as the Library of Congress during the 13th century. It was the biggest one in the world and housed books from the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and (hold your breath) it had the oldest written books from three continents preserved within it.
We will never be seeing any of these because the Mongols invaded Baghdad and threw the books into the river Tigris. The water in the river ran black for 6 months afterwards.
4. The Half Life’s Work Of Nikola Tesla
The Serbian – American inventor whom we owe the current electricity supply system to had truck loads of inventions where he lived in New York. The unified field theory, something the scientists have not been able to crack till date is something he is said to have nailed in the year 1894.
A suspicious fire broke out in the basement of his apartment, which brought down his entire lab and half of his life’s works.
Things we will not see ever again.