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The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated… (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Ross King (Tekijä)

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973218,208 (4.8)6
Jäsen:pc1951
Teoksen nimi:The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance
Kirjailijat:Ross King (Tekijä)
Info:NY: Atlantic Monthly Press (2021), hardcover, 1st edition, 496 pages
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Avainsanoja:books, Italian history, European hist

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The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance (tekijä: Ross King)

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Bibliophilia, European-history, bookseller, historical-places-events, historical-research, history-and-culture, nonfiction, obsession*****

I recognize that this is a personal interest Publish or Perish for Dr Ross King, but I really enjoyed it anyway. This is despite a few pages that I felt I was slogging through. This is because there was so much interesting stuff that was new to me or explained so much better than what I'd learned before. And I did learn a lot from his meticulous research and easy presentation. Just learning more about the development of the written and/or printed word made the whole zillion pages (of which 14% is acknowledgements and credits).
I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
Too bad that I missed the Zoom at the Cuyahoga Library yesterday! ( )
  jetangen4571 | May 19, 2021 |
The Bookseller of Florence by Ross King is an excellent example of how a history book can both inform and, broadly speaking, entertain. If you like learning about people, places, cultures and technology of the past, there is a lot of information presented in these pages. If you enjoy the narrative of history, how things can progress (or digress) from moment to moment and person to person, there are several narrative arcs here to keep you turning pages. The wonderful part is that whichever of those readers you happen to be, you will be experiencing the other almost without knowing it. I love the story aspect of history and it was amazing how much I learned here, about an era and place I have read a fair bit about, without really realizing it. For those who sometimes find the facts of history tedious, this will be a painless way to learn facts and observe life at that time.

I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy history and want to read it in an engaging and thoughtful form.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  pomo58 | Apr 13, 2021 |
It was an age when scholars studied the ancient Greek and Roman philosophers in search of answers to contemporary concerns. Book collectors scoured monasteries and abbeys across Italy and Europe seeking rare and neglected books.

Golden Age Florence was a a republic, a literate city that educated boys and girls, a place where both wealthy and tradesmen ordered volumes for their personal libraries.

It was also an age of cruel acts of vengeance, political intrigue and family wars, a time of plague, while the Ottoman empire threatened from the East. The church was in turmoil, powerless girls were married off or sent to an abbey, either way locked away from the world.

While some sought truth in Plato and Aristotle, others rejected anything but the Holy Bible and traditional Christian beliefs.

As one bookseller in Florence wrote,"All evil is born from ignorance, Yet writers have illuminated the world, chasing away the darkness." He was Vespasiano da Bisticci. He started life as an eleven-year-old assistant in a book shop, a stationer and bookbinder, doing manual work that required great strength. He went on to be renowned as the "king of the world's booksellers", a trusted friend to the wealthy and powerful and the scholar.

The Bookseller of Florence is the story of Vespasiano's career, set against the story of bookmaking during the shift from hand written and illuminated manuscripts bound in velvet and jewels to the mass production of the printing press. And it is the history of Florence and Italy during the early Renaissance.

Saving ancient manuscripts, copying them, and distributing them for scholarly study did not protect the texts. Without libraries to store and protected them, many sat neglected or where destroyed by fire and warfare, or carried off to disappear.

King covers a lot of territory! I was only vaguely familiar with Italian and Catholic history previously---and found it fascinating. I will read more! (Such as King's Brunelleschi’s Dome, on my Kindle TBR shelf.) I learned about every aspect of book making, the switch from papyrus to parchment to paper, the advances in writing fonts, how printing presses work.

Yes, the book is filled with a huge cast of historic people and events, but my interest never flagged. I was swept up in this epic history.

I received a free egalley from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased. ( )
  nancyadair | Mar 9, 2021 |
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