A lively tale of historical innovation, the thrill of the bibliophile’s hunt, greed and betrayal. The new york times book review"an addictive and engaging look at the ‘competitive, catty and slightly angst-ridden’ heart of the world of book collecting. The houston chronicle the never-before-told story of one extremely rare copy of the Gutenberg Bible, and its impact on the lives of the fanatical few who were lucky enough to own it.
The Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey #ad - For rare-book collectors, an original copy of the Gutenberg Bible--of which there are fewer than 50 in existence--represents the ultimate prize. Estelle doheny, the first woman collector to add the book to her library and its last private owner, tipped the Bible onto a trajectory that forever changed our understanding of the first mechanically printed book.
The lost gutenberg draws readers into this incredible saga, immersing them in the lust for beauty, prestige, and knowledge that this rarest of books sparked in its owners.
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest LibraryScribner #ad - Hernando restlessly and obsessively amassed his collection based on the groundbreaking conviction that a library of universal knowledge should include “all books, erotica, in all languages and on all subjects, ” even material often dismissed as ephemeral trash: song sheets, newsletters, popular images, romances, fables.
At the peak of the age of exploration, bloody mutiny, a journey that ended in disaster, Hernando traveled with Columbus on his final voyage to the New World, and shipwreck. Like a renaissance wonder cabinet, full of surprises and opening up into a lost world. Stephen greenblatt “a captivating adventure…For lovers of history, Wilson-Lee offers a thrill on almost every page…Magnificent.
The new york times book review named a best book of the year by: * financial times * new statesman * history Today * The Spectator * The impeccably researched and vividly rendered account of the quest by Christopher Columbus’s illegitimate son to create the greatest library in the world—“a perfectly pitched poetic drama” Financial Times and an amazing tour through sixteenth-century Europe.
In this innovative work of history, edward wilson-Lee tells the extraordinary story of Hernando Colón, a singular visionary of the printing press-age who also happened to be Christopher Columbus’s illegitimate son. Edward wilson-lee’s account of hernando’s life is a testimony to the beautiful madness of booklovers, a plunge into sixteenth-century Europe’s information revolution, and a reflection of the passion and intrigues that lie beneath our own attempts to bring order to the world today.
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library #ad - After columbus’s death in 1506, the eighteen-year-old hernando sought to continue—and surpass—his father’s campaign to explore the boundaries of the known world by building a library that would collect everything ever printed: a vast holding organized by summaries and catalogues, the first ever search engine for the exploding diversity of written matter as the printing press proliferated across Europe.
The loss of part of his collection to another maritime disaster in 1522—documented in his poignant Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books—set off the final scramble to complete this sublime project, a race against time to realize a vision of near-impossible perfection.
The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive PaintingBallantine Books #ad - The vicissitudes of the highly secretive art market are charted across six centuries. Above all, it is an adventure story about the search for lost treasure, and a quest for the truth. Praise for the last leonardo“the story of the world’s most expensive painting is narrated with great gusto and formidably researched detail in Ben Lewis’s book.
. Ben lewis takes us to leonardo’s studio in renaissance italy; to the court of Charles I and the English Civil War; to Amsterdam, and restorer’s workshop as the painting slowly, salerooms, and New Orleans; to the galleries, Moscow, painstakingly emerged from obscurity. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.
Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. It is a twisting tale of geniuses and oligarchs, double-crossings and disappearances, in which we’re never quite certain what to believe.
The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting #ad - Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. An epic quest exposes hidden truths about leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, the recently discovered masterpiece that sold for $450 million—and might not be the real thing.
In 2017, leonardo da vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction.
The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English LanguagePrinceton University Press #ad - A compelling history of the national conflicts that resulted from efforts to produce the first definitive American dictionary of English In The Dictionary Wars, Peter Martin recounts the patriotic fervor in the early American republic to produce a definitive national dictionary that would rival Samuel Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary of the English Language.
Webster believed an american dictionary, ought to be informed by the nation’s republican principles, like the American language, but Worcester thought that such language reforms were reckless and went too far. From the beginning of the nineteenth century to the end of the Civil War, newspapers, libraries, religious groups, the dictionary wars also engaged America’s colleges, and state legislatures at a pivotal historical moment that coincided with rising literacy and the print revolution.
The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English Language #ad - Delving into the personal stories and national debates that arose from the conflicts surrounding America’s first dictionaries, The Dictionary Wars examines the linguistic struggles that underpinned the founding and growth of a nation. But what began as a cultural war of independence from Britain devolved into a battle among lexicographers, scholars, and publishers, authors, all vying for dictionary supremacy and shattering forever the dream of a unified American language.
The overwhelming questions in the dictionary wars involved which and whose English was truly American and whether a dictionary of English should attempt to be American at all, independent from Britain. Martin tells the human story of the intense rivalry between America’s first lexicographers, Noah Webster and Joseph Emerson Worcester, who fought over who could best represent the soul and identity of American culture.
Their conflict continued beyond webster’s death, when the ambitious Merriam brothers acquired publishing rights to Webster’s American Dictionary and launched their own language wars.
The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden AgeYale University Press #ad - Yet there is another, largely overlooked marvel in the Dutch world of the seventeenth century: books. In this fascinating account, andrew pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen show how the Dutch produced many more books than pictures and bought and owned more books per capita than any other part of Europe. Key innovations in marketing, book auctions, and newspaper advertising brought stability to a market where elsewhere publishers faced bankruptcy, and created a population uniquely well-informed and politically engaged.
. This book tells for the first time the remarkable story of the Dutch conquest of the European book world and shows the true extent to which these pious, prosperous, quarrelsome, and generous people were shaped by what they read. The untold story of how the dutch conquered the european book market and became the world's greatest bibliophiles The Dutch Golden Age has long been seen as the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, whose paintings captured the public imagination and came to represent the marvel that was the Dutch Republic.
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal LibraryWilliam Collins #ad - As a youth, he spent years travelling in the New World, and spent one living with his father in a shipwreck off Jamaica. He also amassed the largest collection of printed images and of printed music of the age, started what was perhaps Europe's first botanical garden, dwarfing with its 15, and created by far the greatest private library Europe had ever seen, 000 books every other library of the day.
Edward wilson-lee has written the first major modern biography of Hernando and the first of any kind available in English. His son hernando sought instead to harness the vast powers of the new printing presses to assemble the worlds knowledge in one place, his library in Seville. Hernando was one of the first and greatest visionaries of the print age, someone who saw how the scale of available information would entirely change the landscape of thought and society.
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library #ad - His was an immensely eventual life. The fascinating history of christopher columbuss illegitimate son hernando, whose travels took him to the heart of 16th-century Europe Honor Clerk, courtier, Spectator, Books of the YearThis is the scarcely believable and wholly true story of Christopher Columbus' bastard son Hernando, guardian of his fathers flame, bibliophile and catalogue supreme, who sought to equal and surpass his father's achievements by creating a universal library.
He created a dictionary and a geographical encyclopaedia of spain, spent time in almost every major European capital, from Ferdinand and Isabel to Erasmus, helped to create the first modern maps of the world, and associated with many of the great people of his day, Thomas More, and Drer. He wrote the first biography of his father, almost single-handedly creating the legend of Columbus that held sway for many hundreds of years, and was highly influential in crafting how Europe saw the world his father reached in 1492.
His father sailed across the ocean to explore the known boundaries of the world for the glory of God, Spain and himself.
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal WestSimon & Schuster #ad - The pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Hardcover - May 7, 2019. Included in the northwest ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. Like so many of mccullough’s subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them.
They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, no roads or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, fires, wolves and bears, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people.
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West #ad - Mccullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler’s son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. 1 new york times bestseller pulitzer prize–winning historian david mccullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story—the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.
As part of the treaty of paris, illinois, indiana, in which great britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, Michigan, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, and Wisconsin. A massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War IIViking #ad - We must find and destroy her. The target in their sights was virginia hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. She became the first allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it.
. The pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Hardcover - May 7, 2019. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. A new york times bestseller“excellent…this book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II #ad - The new york times book review"a compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance. Nprthe perfect holiday gift for the world war ii history buff, from the author of ClementineIn 1942, a never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies.
Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. But she plunged back in, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, adamant that she had more lives to save, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.
Based on new and extensive research, sonia purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, resistance, spycraft, and personal triumph over shocking adversity.
Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed MusicW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Only some of these belongings survived the war; those that did were recovered by the Allied armies’ Monuments Men and restituted to Landowska’s house in France. In scintillating prose, kildea beautifully interweaves these narratives, interpreted, and with an eye for exquisite detail, which comprise a journey through musical Romanticism―one that illuminates how art is transmitted, and appropriated between generations.
The captivating story of frédéric Chopin and the fate of both his Mallorquin piano and musical Romanticism from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. In november 1838, frédéric chopin, george Sand, and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter.30 illustrations the pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Hardcover - May 7, 2019.
. Paul kildea shows how her story―a compelling account based for the first time on her private papers―resonates with Chopin’s, simultaneously distilling part of the cultural and political history of mid-twentieth century Europe and the United States. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognized as one of the great and revolutionary works of musical Romanticism: his twenty-four Preludes.
Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument that Transformed Music #ad - Yet it begins and ends with the majorcan pianino, for the Nazis, which assumed an astonishing cultural potency during the Second World War as it became, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to appropriate as their own. After chopin, the unexpected hero of chopin’s piano is the great keyboard player Wanda Landowska, who rescued the pianino from Valldemossa in 1913, and who would later become one of the most influential artistic figures of the twentieth century.
After landowska’s flight to america from paris, which the Germans would occupy only days later, her possessions―including her rare music manuscripts and beloved keyboards―were seized by the Nazis.
The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an AgeYale University Press #ad - This is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age, and our own. It was known simply as “the Club. In this captivating book, Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters. The pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Hardcover - May 7, 2019.
Named one of the 10 best books of 2019 by the new york times book review “damrosch brings the club’s redoubtable personalities — the brilliant minds, drink, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk’s Head Tavern in London to dine, the tender camaraderie — to vivid life…”—The New York Times Book Review In 1763, the jousting wits, and talk until midnight.
The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age #ad - Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Edward Gibbon, Adam Smith, and James Boswell. With the friendship of the “odd couple” samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative, exciting, Damrosch conjures up the precarious, and often brutal world of late eighteenth‑century Britain.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of ReadingBasic Books #ad - Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggeratedDo you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so, you're not alone. The pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Hardcover - May 7, 2019. Print-era doctors even forbade the very same silent absorption now recommended as a cure for electronic addictions.
Examining the wear and tear on the books that they contain, English professor Leah Price finds scant evidence that a golden age of reading ever existed. The evidence that books are dying proves even scarcer. From the dawn of mass literacy to the invention of the paperback, most readers already skimmed and multitasked.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading #ad - The shelves of the world's great libraries, though, tell a more complicated story. In encounters with librarians, booksellers and activists who are reinventing old ways of reading, Price offers fresh hope to bibliophiles and literature lovers alike. Digital-age pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles, bound objects once trained us: the willpower to focus on a sustained argument, the curiosity to look beyond the day's news, so too do the virtues in which printed, the willingness to be alone.