"It is too well-known to need mentioning that according to an ancient Icelandic price-scale, the cost of a Bible is equivalent to that of a cow -- and that means an early-calving cow, or else six well-fleeced lambing ewes. This price is written on the title page of the Bible edition that was printed in a remote mountain valley in northern Iceland in 1584, and as is known, Icelanders have never believed in any other Bible but this one; it was printed with tasteful vignettes and decorative woodcuts and weighs five pounds, and is very like a raisin-box in shape. This volume has always been available in the better churches in Iceland."
The Fish Can Sing Halldor Laxness
translated by Magnus Magnusson