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This page provides lists of best-selling individual books and book series to date and in any language. “Best selling” refers to the estimated number of copies sold of each book, rather than the number of books printed or currently owned!!!!!!♡♡♡♡

According to Guinness World Records, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed. However,

the Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, also known as the Little Red Book, has produced a wide array of sales and distribution figures — with some sources claiming over 6.5 billion printed volumes, others claiming the distribution ran into the “billions,” and others citing “over a billion” official volumes between 1966 and 1969 alone as well as “untold numbers of unofficial local reprints and unofficial translations.”The Qur’an is also widely reported to be one of the most printed and distributed books worldwide,with billions of copies believed to be in existence. Exact print figures for these and other books may also be missing or unreliable since these kinds of books may be produced by many different and unrelated publishers, in some cases over many centuries. All books of a religious, ideological, philosophical or political nature have been excluded from this list of best-selling books for these reasons.

Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history. The first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, has sold in excess of 120 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books of all time. As of June 2017, the series has been translated into 80 languages. This list is incomplete because there are many books, such as The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni,The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, that are commonly cited as “best-selling books” yet have no reliable sales figures because of the many public domain re-releases.

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At the Mountains of Madness At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft!!!

At the Mountains of Madness
At the Mountains of Madness
by H. P. Lovecraft
Written Feb-22 Mar 1931
Published February-April 1936 in Astounding Stories, Vol. 16, No. 6 (February 1936), p.
8-32; Vol. 17, No. 1 (March 1936), p. 125-55; Vol. 17, No. 2 (April 1936), p. 132-50.
I
I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without
knowing why. It is altogether against my will that I tell my reasons for opposing this
contemplated invasion of the antarctic – with its vast fossil hunt and its wholesale boring
and melting of the ancient ice caps. And I am the more reluctant because my warning
may be in vain.
Doubt of the real facts, as I must reveal them, is inevitable; yet, if I suppressed what will
seem extravagant and incredible, there would be nothing left. The hitherto withheld
photographs, both ordinary and aerial, will count in my favor, for they are damnably
vivid and graphic. Still, they will be doubted because of the great lengths to which clever
fakery can be carried. The ink drawings, of course, will be jeered at as obvious
impostures, notwithstanding a strangeness of technique which art experts ought to remark
and puzzle over.
In the end I must rely on the judgment and standing of the few scientific leaders who
have, on the one hand, sufficient independence of thought to weigh my data on its own
hideously convincing merits or in the light of certain primordial and highly baffling myth
cycles; and on the other hand, sufficient influence to deter the exploring world in general
from any rash and over-ambitious program in the region of those mountains of madness.
It is an unfortunate fact that relatively obscure men like myself and my associates,
connected only with a small university, have little chance of making an impression where
matters of a wildly bizarre or highly controversial nature are concerned.
It is further against us that we are not, in the strictest sense, specialists in the fields which
came primarily to be concerned. As a geologist, my object in leading the Miskatonic
University Expedition was wholly that of securing deep-level specimens of rock and soil
from various parts of the antarctic continent, aided by the remarkable drill devised by
Professor Frank H. Pabodie of our engineering department. I had no wish to be a pioneer
in any other field than this, but I did hope that the use of this new mechanical appliance at
different points along previously explored paths would bring to light materials of a sort
hitherto unreached by the ordinary methods of collection.
Pabodie’s drilling apparatus, as the public already knows from our reports, was unique
and radical in its lightness, portability, and capacity to combine the ordinary artesian drill
principle with the principle of the small circular rock drill in such a way as to cope

At the Mountains of Madness
quickly with strata of varying hardness. Steel head, jointed rods, gasoline motor,
collapsible wooden derrick, dynamiting paraphernalia, cording, rubbish-removal auger,
and sectional piping for bores five inches wide and up to one thousand feet deep all
formed, with needed accessories, no greater load than three seven-dog sledges could
carry. This was made possible by the clever aluminum alloy of which most of the metal
objects were fashioned. Four large Dornier aeroplanes, designed especially for the
tremendous altitude flying necessary on the antarctic plateau and with added fuel-
warming and quick-starting devices worked out by Pabodie, could transport our entire
expedition from a base at the edge of the great ice barrier to various suitable inland
points, and from these points a sufficient quota of dogs would serve us.
We planned to cover as great an area as one antarctic season – or longer, if absolutely
necessary – would permit, operating mostly in the mountain ranges and on the plateau
south of Ross Sea; regions explored in varying degree by Shackleton, Amundsen, Scott,
and Byrd. With frequent changes of camp, made by aeroplane and involving distances
great enough to be of geological significance, we expected to unearth a quite
unprecedented amount of material – especially in the pre-Cambrian strata of which so
narrow a range of antarctic specimens had previously been secured. We wished also to
obtain as great as possible a variety of the upper fossiliferous rocks, since the primal life
history of this bleak realm of ice and death is of the highest importance to our knowledge
of the earth’s past. That the antarctic continent was once temperate and even tropical, with
a teeming vegetable and animal life of which the lichens, marine fauna, arachnida, and
penguins of the northern edge are the only survivals, is a matter of common information;
and we hoped to expand that information in variety, accuracy, and detail. When a simple
boring revealed fossiliferous signs, we would enlarge the aperture by blasting, in order to
get specimens of suitable size and condition.
Our borings, of varying depth according to the promise held out by the upper soil or rock,
were to be confined to exposed, or nearly exposed, land surfaces – these inevitably being
slopes and ridges because of the mile or two-mile thickness of solid ice overlying the
lower levels. We could not afford to waste drilling the depth of any considerable amount
of mere glaciation, though Pabodie had worked out a plan for sinking copper electrodes
in thick clusters of borings and melting off limited areas of ice with current from a
gasoline-driven dynamo. It is this plan – which we could not put into effect except
experimentally on an expedition such as ours – that the coming Starkweather-Moore
Expedition proposes to follow, despite the warnings I have issued since our return from
the antarctic.
The public knows of the Miskatonic Expedition through our frequent wireless reports to
the Arkham Advertiser and Associated Press, and through the later articles of Pabodie and
myself. We consisted of four men from the University – Pabodie, Lake of the biology
department, Atwood of the physics department – also a meteorologist – and myself,
representing geology and having nominal command – besides sixteen assistants: seven
graduate students from Miskatonic and nine skilled mechanics. Of these sixteen, twelve
were qualified aeroplane pilots, all but two of whom were competent wireless operators.
Eight of them understood navigation with compass and sextant, as did Pabodie, Atwood,

At the Mountains of Madness
and I. In addition, of course, our two ships – wooden ex-whalers, reinforced for ice
conditions and having auxiliary steam – were fully manned.
The Nathaniel Derby Pickman Foundation, aided by a few special contributions, financed
the expedition; hence our preparations were extremely thorough, despite the absence of
great publicity. The dogs, sledges, machines, camp materials, and unassembled parts of
our five planes were delivered in Boston, and there our ships were loaded. We were
marvelously well-equipped for our specific purposes, and in all matters pertaining to
supplies, regimen, transportation, and camp construction we profited by the excellent
example of our many recent and exceptionally brilliant predecessors. It was the unusual
number and fame of these predecessors which made our own expedition – ample though it
was – so little noticed by the world at large.
As the newspapers told, we sailed from Boston Harbor on September 2nd, 1930, taking a
leisurely course down the coast and through the Panama Canal, and stopping at Samoa
and Hobart, Tasmania, at which latter place we took on final supplies. None of our
exploring party had ever been in the polar regions before, hence we all relied greatly on
our ship captains – J. B. Douglas, commanding the brig Arkham, and serving as
commander of the sea party, and Georg Thorfinnssen, commanding the barque
Miskatonic – both veteran whalers in antarctic waters.
As we left the inhabited world behind, the sun sank lower and lower in the north, and
stayed longer and longer above the horizon each day. At about 62° South Latitude we
sighted our first icebergs – table-like objects with vertical sides – and just before reaching
the antarctic circle, which we crossed on October 20th with appropriately quaint
ceremonies, we were considerably troubled with field ice. The falling temperature
bothered me considerably after our long voyage through the tropics, but I tried to brace
up for the worse rigors to come. On many occasions the curious atmospheric effects
enchanted me vastly; these including a strikingly vivid mirage – the first I had ever seen –
in which distant bergs became the battlements of unimaginable cosmic castles.
Pushing through the ice, which was fortunately neither extensive nor thickly packed, we
regained open water at South Latitude 67°, East Longitude 175° On the morning of
October 26th a strong land blink appeared on the south, and before noon we all felt a
thrill of excitement at beholding a vast, lofty, and snow-clad mountain chain which
opened out and covered the whole vista ahead. At last we had encountered an outpost of
the great unknown continent and its cryptic world of frozen death. These peaks were
obviously the Admiralty Range discovered by Ross, and it would now be our task to
round Cape Adare and sail down the east coast of Victoria Land to our contemplated base
on the shore of McMurdo Sound, at the foot of the volcano Erebus in South Latitude 77°
9′.
The last lap of the voyage was vivid and fancy-stirring. Great barren peaks of mystery
loomed up constantly against the west as the low northern sun of noon or the still lower
horizon-grazing southern sun of midnight poured its hazy reddish rays over the white
snow, bluish ice and water lanes, and black bits of exposed granite slope. Through the

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The story begins with Arthur Kipps, a retired solicitor who formerly worked for Mr. Bentley. One night he is at home with his wife Esme and four stepchildren, who are telling ghost stories. When he is asked to tell a story, he becomes irritated and leaves the room, and begins to write of his horrific experiences several years in the past.

Many years earlier, whilst still a junior solicitor for Bentley, Kipps was summoned to Crythin Gifford, a small market town on the north east coast of England, to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow. Kipps is reluctant to leave his fiancée, Stella, but he is eager to leave the London smog. The late Drablow was an elderly and reclusive widow who lived alone in the desolate and secluded Eel Marsh House.

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