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

Author: Edward Wilson-Lee
Publisher: New York London Toronto Sydney New Delhi Scribner march 2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Prologue: Seville, 12 July 1539 -- The sorcerer's apprentice. The return from Ocean ; In the chamber of clean blood ; The Book of Prophecies ; Rites of passage ; A knowledge of night -- A language of pictures. Shoes & ships & sealing wax ; The world city ; The architecture of order ; An empire of dictionaries -- An atlas of the word. The devil in the details ; No place like home ; Cutting through ; The library
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Fernando Colón; Fernando Colón
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Wilson-Lee
ISBN: 9781982111397 1982111399
OCLC Number: 1165621319
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by William Collins"--Title page verso
Description: 401 Seiten Illustrationen, Karten 24 cm
Responsibility: Edward Wilson-Lee

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Prologue: Seville, 12 July 1539 -- The sorcerer's apprentice. The return from Ocean ; In the chamber of clean blood ; The Book of Prophecies ; Rites of passage ; A knowledge of night -- A language of pictures. Shoes & ships & sealing wax ; The world city ; The architecture of order ; An empire of dictionaries -- An atlas of the word. The devil in the details ; No place like home ; Cutting through ; The library without walls -- Settings things in order. Another Europe and the same ; The King of nowhere ; Last orders -- Epilogue: Ideas on the shelf.

"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 book lovers, 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 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

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 include "all books, in all languages and on all subjects." 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, 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. Wilson-Lee tells of the life and times of this first genius of the print age. -- adapted from Amazon.com info

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