The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library

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The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library

  • Author: Edward Wilson-Lee
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN: 0008146233
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
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The fascinating history of Christopher Columbus’s illegitimate son Hernando, guardian of his father’s flame, courtier, bibliophile and catalogue supreme, whose travels took him to the heart of 16th-century Europe’ Honor Clerk, Spectator, Books of the Year

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

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The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library

  • Author: Edward Wilson-Lee
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • ISBN: 1982111402
  • Category: History
  • Page: 416
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This impeccably researched and “adventure-packed” (The Washington Post) account of the obsessive quest by Christopher Columbus’s son to create the greatest library in the world is “the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters” (NPR) and offers a vivid picture of Europe on the verge of becoming modern. 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. “Magnificent…a thrill on almost every page” (The New York Times Book Review), The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books is a window into sixteenth-century Europe’s information revolution, and a reflection of the passion and intrigues that lie beneath our own insatiable desires to bring order to the world today.

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

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The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library

  • Author: Edward Wilson-Lee
  • Publisher: William Collins
  • ISBN: 9780008146245
  • Category: Bibliographers
  • Page: 416
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The fascinating history of Christopher Columbus's illegitimate son Hernando, guardian of his father's flame, courtier, bibliophile and catalogue supreme, whose travels took him to the heart of 16th-century Europe' Honor Clerk, Spectator, Books of the Year This is 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 father sailed across the ocean to explore the known boundaries of the world for the glory of God, Spain and himself. His son Hernando sought instead to harness the vast powers of the new printing presses to assemble the world's knowledge in one place, his library in Seville. Hernando was one of the first and greatest visionaries of the print age, someone who saw how the scale of available information would entirely change the landscape of thought and society. His was an immensely eventual life. As a youth, he spent years travelling in the New World, and spent one living with his father in a shipwreck off Jamaica. He created a dictionary and a geographical encyclopaedia of Spain, helped to create the first modern maps of the world, spent time in almost every major European capital, and associated with many of the great people of his day, from Ferdinand and Isabel to Erasmus, Thomas More, and Dürer. He wrote the first biography of his father, almost single-handedly creating the legend of Columbus that held sway for many hundreds of years, and was highly influential in crafting how Europe saw the world his father reached in 1492. He also amassed the largest collection of printed images and of printed music of the age, started what was perhaps Europe's first botanical garden, and created by far the greatest private library Europe had ever seen, dwarfing with its 15,000 books every other library of the day. Edward Wilson-Lee has written the first major modern biography of Hernando - and the first of any kind available in English. In a work of dazzling scholarship, The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books tells an enthralling tale of the age of print and exploration, a story with striking lessons for our own modern experiences of information revolution and Globalisation.

Index to the Catalogue of Books in the Bates Hall of the Public Library of the City of Boston

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Index to the Catalogue of Books in the Bates Hall of the Public Library of the City of Boston

Index to the Catalogue of Books in the Bates Hall of the Public Library of the City of Boston

First supplement

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Library catalogs
  • Page: 739
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A Supplement to the Catalogue of Books, Published in Marc 1827, Containing All the New Works and New Editions Published in London, from that Period to June 1829, with Their Sizes, Prices , and Publishers' Names

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A Supplement to the Catalogue of Books, Published in Marc 1827, Containing All the New Works and New Editions Published in London, from that Period to June 1829, with Their Sizes, Prices , and Publishers' Names

A Supplement to the Catalogue of Books, Published in Marc 1827, Containing All the New Works and New Editions Published in London, from that Period to June 1829, with Their Sizes, Prices , and Publishers' Names

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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First Supplement to the Catalogue of the Young Men's Association Library of the City of Buffalo

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First Supplement to the Catalogue of the Young Men's Association Library of the City of Buffalo

First Supplement to the Catalogue of the Young Men's Association Library of the City of Buffalo

Accessions November 1870 to August 1872

  • Author: Young Men's Association of the City of Buffalo. Library
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Library catalogs
  • Page: 154
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Supplement to the Catalogue of the Navy Department Library

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Supplement to the Catalogue of the Navy Department Library

Supplement to the Catalogue of the Navy Department Library

Author and Title Alphabet. Additions from Sept., 1890, to Sept., 1892

  • Author: United States. Navy Department. Library
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: United States
  • Page: 90
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Index to the Catalogue of a Portion of the Public Library of the City of Boston

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Index to the Catalogue of a Portion of the Public Library of the City of Boston

Index to the Catalogue of a Portion of the Public Library of the City of Boston

  • Author: Boston Public Library
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Supplement to the Catalogue of the Library of the Athenæum, Printed in 1845

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Supplement to the Catalogue of the Library of the Athenæum, Printed in 1845

Supplement to the Catalogue of the Library of the Athenæum, Printed in 1845

With a Classified Index of Subjects

  • Author: Athenæum Club (London, England). Library
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Library catalogs
  • Page: 332
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The Catalogue of the Public Library of Victoria

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The Catalogue of the Public Library of Victoria

The Catalogue of the Public Library of Victoria

  • Author: Public Library of Victoria
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Public libraries
  • Page: 2082
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