The catalogue of shipwrecked books : Christopher Columbus, his son, and the quest to build the world's greatest library / Edward Wilson-Lee
Book | William Collins ; | 2019
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ix, 401 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-375) and index.
Contents
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Prologue: Seville, 12 July 1539
PART I: THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE
I. The Return from Ocean
II. In the Chamber of Clean Blood
III. The Book of Prophecies
IV. Rites of Passage
V. A Knowledge of Night
PART II: A LANGUAGE OF PICTURES
VI. Shoes & Ships & Sealing Wax
VII. The World City
VIII. The Architecture of Order
IX. An Empire of Dictionaries
PART III: AN ATLAS OF THE WORLD
X. The Devil in the Details
XI. No Place Like Home
XII. Cutting Through
XIII. The Library Without Walls
PART IV: SETTING THINGS IN ORDER
XIV. Another Europe and the Same
XV. The King of Nowhere
XVI. Last Orders
XVII. Epilogue: Ideas on the Shelf
Summary
'The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books' tells the scarcely believable - and wholly true - story of Christopher Columbus' bastard son Hernando, who sought to equal and surpass his father's achievements by creating a universal library. His was an immensely eventful life. As a youth, he spent years travelling in the New World, one of them marooned with his father in a shipwreck off Jamaica. He created a dictionary and a geographical encyclopedia of Spain, oversaw the first modern maps of the world, visited almost every major European capital and associated with many of the great people of his day, from Ferdinand and Isabella to Erasmus, Thomas More and Durer. Hernando wrote the first biography of his father, almost single-handedly creating the legend of Columbus that held sway for many hundreds of years. He also amassed the largest collection of printed images and music of the age, started what was perhaps Europe's first botanical garden and created the greatest private library Europe had ever seen, with its 15,000 books dwarfing every library of the day.
20.00 GNE (99-GNE-9)
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