Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History

Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History


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Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History by Rebecca Romney, J. P. Romney

A funny and entertaining history of printed books as told through absurd moments in the lives of authors and printers, collected by television’s favorite rare-book expert from HISTORY’s hit series Pawn Stars.

Since the Gutenberg Bible first went on sale in 1455, printing has been viewed as one of the highest achievements of human innovation. But the march of progress hasn’t been smooth; downright bizarre is more like it. Printer’s Error chronicles some of the strangest and most humorous episodes in the history of Western printing, and makes clear that we’ve succeeded despite ourselves. Rare-book expert Rebecca Romney and author J. P. Romney take us from monasteries and museums to auction houses and libraries to introduce curious episodes in the history of print that have had a profound impact on our world.

Take, for example, the Gutenberg Bible. While the book is regarded as the first printed work in the Western world, Gutenberg’s name doesn’t appear anywhere on it. Today, Johannes Gutenberg is recognized as the father of Western printing. But for the first few hundred years after the invention of the printing press, no one knew who printed the first book. This long-standing mystery took researchers down a labyrinth of ancient archives and libraries, and unearthed surprising details, such as the fact that Gutenberg’s financier sued him, repossessed his printing equipment, and started his own printing business afterward. Eventually the first printed book was tracked to the library of Cardinal Mazarin in France, and Gutenberg’s forty-two-line Bible was finally credited to him, thus ensuring Gutenberg’s name would be remembered by middle-school students worldwide.

Like the works of Sarah Vowell, John Hodgman, and Ken Jennings, Printer’s Error is a rollicking ride through the annals of time and the printed word.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062412317
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 634,638
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Romney’s appearances on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars have made her the country’s most recognizable rare book dealer. In her career, she has sold single volumes for $500,000, books from the libraries of Isaac Newton and Queen Elizabeth I, and more than one Shakespeare Folio.

J. P. Romney is a historical researcher and the author of the young adult novel The Monster on the Road Is Me.

Table of Contents

Introduction What Do You Reckon This Is? xi

Chapter 1 How to Forge a Rare Book 1

Chapter 2 Forgetting Mr. Gooseflesh 21

Chapter 3 Trees of Truth 51

Chapter 4 Making the Round World Flat 81

Chapter 5 Bad Shakespeare 107

Chapter 6 Benjamin Franklin Makes It Rain 135

Chapter 7 Angelic Visions and Deadly Terrors 163

Chapter 8 The Memoir That Killed Her Memory 195

Chapter 9 American Bookaneers 213

Chapter 10 When Doves Cry 235

Chapter 11 Blifter! 259

Conclusion: Nothing More Deceptive than an Obvious Fact 279

Acknowledgments 285

Notes 287

Index 339

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