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Author Wilson-Lee, Edward, author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2019.
©2018

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Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Colon,F WIL    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor  New Shelf  J 92 COLON,F WIL    Available
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  J 92 COLON,H WIL    Available
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1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Description 401 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by William Collins"-- Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-375) and index.
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."-- Amazon.com.
Subject Colón, Fernando, 1488-1539.
Biblioteca Colombina.
Book collectors -- Spain -- Biography.
Historians -- Spain -- Biography.
Bibliographers -- Spain -- Biography.
Geographers -- Spain -- Biography.
Added Title Catalog of shipwrecked books
ISBN 9781982111397 (hardback)
1982111399 (hardback)

 
    
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