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The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library

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Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $30.00
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ISBN: 9781982111397
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Language: English
Page Count: 401
Publication Date: 3/12/2019
Size: 9.34" l x 6.27" w x 1.28"
Series: N/A

In this innovative work of history, Edward Wilson-Lee tells the extraordinary story of Hernando Colon, 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 Colón sailed with his father Christopher 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, 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; really, the first ever database for the exploding diversity of written matter as the printing press proliferated across Europe. Hernando traveled extensively 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: ballads, erotica, news pamphlets, almanacs, popular images, romances, fables. The loss of part of his collection to another maritime disaster in 1522, set off the final scramble to complete this sublime project, a race against time to realize a vision of near-impossible perfection.

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