The catalogue of shipwrecked books : Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatesat library
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New York : Scribner, 2019.
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First Scribner hardcover edition.
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[xiv], 401 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
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Named a Best Book of the Year by: * Financial Times * New Statesman * History Today * The Spectator * "Like a Renaissance wonder cabinet, full of surprises and opening up into a lost world." --Stephen Greenblatt Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography The impeccably researched and vividly rendered account of the forgotten quest by Christopher Columbus's 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. At the peak of the Age of Exploration, Hernando traveled with Columbus on his final voyage to the New World, a journey that ended in disaster, bloody mutiny, and shipwreck. 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. Hernando restlessly and obsessively amassed his collection based on the groundbreaking conviction that a library of universal knowledge should include "all books, in all languages and on all subjects," even material often dismissed as ephemeral trash: ballads, erotica, newsletters, popular images, romances, fables. 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. 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.
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9781982111397, 1982111399D

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"Endpapers show a page from Hernando's main book register, including (at entry 2091) the entry for the Book of prophecies that Hernando compiled with his father"--title page verso.
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Includes bibliographical references (341-380) and index.
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"The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books tells the story of the first and greatest visionary of the print age, a man who saw how the explosive expansion of knowledge and information generated by the advent of the printing press would entirely change the landscape of thought and society. He also happened to be Christopher Columbus's illegitimate son. At the peak of the Age of Exploration, while his father sailed across the ocean to explore the boundaries of the known world, Hernando Colón sought to surpass Columbus's achievements by building a library that would encompass the world and include "all books, in all languages and on all subjects." In service of this vision, he spent his life travelling--first to the New World with his father in 1502, surviving through shipwreck and a bloody mutiny off the coast of Jamaica, and later, throughout Europe, scouring the bookstores of the day at the epicenter of printing. The very model of a Renaissance man, Hernando restlessly and obsessively bought thousands and thousands of books, amassing a collection based on the modern conviction that a truly great library should include the kind of material dismissed as ephemeral trash: ballads, pornography, newsletters, popular images, romances, fables. Using an invented system of hieroglyphs, he meticulously catalogued every item in his library, devising the first ever search engine for his rich profusion of books and images and music. A major setback in 1522 gave way to the creation of Hernando's Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books and inspired further refinements to his library, including a design for the first modern bookshelves. In this illuminating and brilliantly researched biography, Edward Wilson-Lee tells an enthralling story of the life and times of the first genius of the print age, a tale with striking lessons for our own modern experiences of information revolution and globalization."-- Amazon.com.
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Wilson-Lee, E. (2019). The catalogue of shipwrecked books: Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatesat library. First Scribner hardcover edition. New York: Scribner.

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Wilson-Lee, Edward. 2019. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatesat Library. New York: Scribner.

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Wilson-Lee, Edward, The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatesat Library. New York: Scribner, 2019.

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Wilson-Lee, Edward. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatesat Library. First Scribner hardcover edition. New York: Scribner, 2019. Print.

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