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The lost Gutenberg : the astounding story of one book's five-hundred-year odyssey

Author: Margaret Leslie Davis
Publisher: [New York] : TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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"--
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Estelle Doheny; Estelle Doheny
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Leslie Davis
ISBN: 9781592408672 1592408672
OCLC Number: 1076371236
Description: vii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. The Imperial century. Million-dollar bookshelf ; Treasure neglected ; The bibliophile ; The patriot --
Part II. The American century. The mighty woman book hunter ; The lost Gutenberg ; The Countess and her Gutenberg ; The nuclear bibliophiles --
Part III. The Asian century. The unexpected betrayal ; The virtual Gutenberg --
Epilogue: Final bows.
Responsibility: Margaret Leslie Davis.

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"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"--

"For rare-book collectors, an original copy of the Gutenberg Bible--of which there are fewer than 50 in existence--represents the ultimate prize. Here, Margaret Leslie Davis recounts five centuries in the life of one copy, from its creation by Johannes Gutenberg, through the hands of monks, an earl, the Worcestershire sauce king, and a nuclear physicist to its ultimate resting place, in a steel vault in Tokyo. 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."--Jacket

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