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Gutenberg's Apprentice

Gutenberg's Apprentice

In the middle of the 15th century, scribe Peter Schoeffer is dismayed to be instructed by his father to give up his beloved profession of illuminating texts in Paris. Instead he is to travel to Mainz in Germany to be apprenticed to Johann Gutenberg, an entrepreneur who has invent... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781472220165
Barcode 9781472220165
Published 30 September 2014 by Headline Publishing Group
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Christie, Alix
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ISBN-13 9781472220165
ISBN-10 1472220161
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Headline Publishing Group
Imprint Headline Review
Publication Date 30 September 2014
International Publication Date 23 September 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Christie, Alix
Category Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 300g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Gutenberg Bible - Fiction
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 502624

Description of this Book

In the middle of the 15th century, scribe Peter Schoeffer is dismayed to be instructed by his father to give up his beloved profession of illuminating texts in Paris. Instead he is to travel to Mainz in Germany to be apprenticed to Johann Gutenberg, an entrepreneur who has invented a new process for producing books - the printing press. Working in conditions of extreme secrecy, the men employed by Gutenberg daily face new challenges both artistic and physical as they strive to create the new books to the standard required by their master. In a time of huge turmoil in Europe and around the world, Gutenberg is relentless in pursuing his dream and wooing the powerful religious leaders whose support is critical. Peter's resistance to the project slowly dissolves as he sees that, with the guidance of a scribe such as himself, the new Bibles could be as beautiful in their way as the old. Today we can see that beauty in some of our museums, but few know the astonishing tale of ambition, ruthlessness and triumph that lies behind it.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Alix Christie is a journalist and writer based in London who has previously lived in the US, Paris and Berlin. She has been a reporter and foreign correspondent for many years, and published widely in major international media, currently for The Economist. She is a passionate printer and has researched the novel in detail over the last five years, bringing her personal experience to her descriptions of the travails of the early printers.

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