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The Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding True Story of One Book's Five Hundred Year Odyssey

The Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding True Story of One Book's Five Hundred Year Odyssey
 

For rare-book collectors, an original copy of the Gutenberg Bible - of which there are fewer than 50 in existence - represents the ultimate prize. In this brilliant researched and fascinating account, Margaret Leslie Davis recounts five centuries in the life of one copy, from its... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781760529611
Barcode 9781760529611
Release Date 6 May 2019 by Allen & Unwin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Davis, Margaret Leslie
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ISBN-13 9781760529611
ISBN-10 1760529613
Stock Release date is 6 May 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Allen & Unwin
Release Date 6 May 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Davis, Margaret Leslie
Category History Of Religion
The Bible
Australian
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Christianity: Bibles & Liturgy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 979561

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For rare-book collectors, an original copy of the Gutenberg Bible - of which there are fewer than 50 in existence - represents the ultimate prize. In this brilliant researched and fascinating account, 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. The Lost Gutenberg draws readers into this incredible saga, immersing them in the lust for beauty, prestige, and knowledge that this rarest of books sparked in its owners. Exploring books as objects of obsession across centuries, this is a must-read for history buffs, book collectors, seekers of hidden treasures, and anyone who has ever craved a remarkable book--and its untold stories.

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Author's Bio

Margaret Leslie Davis lives in California. She is the author of several previous award-winning narrative non-fiction books.

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