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The Resource The catalogue of shipwrecked books : Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatest library, Edward Wilson-Lee

The catalogue of shipwrecked books : Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatest library, Edward Wilson-Lee

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The catalogue of shipwrecked books : Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatest library
Title
The catalogue of shipwrecked books
Title remainder
Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatest library
Statement of responsibility
Edward Wilson-Lee
Title variation
Catalog of shipwrecked books
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
TOH
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilson-Lee, Edward
Dewey number
  • 010.92
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
Z989.C7535
LC item number
W55 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Colón, Fernando
  • Biblioteca Colombina
  • Book collectors
  • Historians
  • Bibliographers
  • Geographers
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
Label
The catalogue of shipwrecked books : Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatest library, Edward Wilson-Lee
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by William Collins"-- Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-375) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1084435628
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
401 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781982111397
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1084435628
Label
The catalogue of shipwrecked books : Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatest library, Edward Wilson-Lee
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by William Collins"-- Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-375) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1084435628
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
401 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781982111397
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1084435628

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