Item #E27237 The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance. Ross King.

The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance

New York: Grove/ Atlantic Monthly Press, 2021. First edition. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. 481 pp. with index. Illustrations. The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautful frescoes and elegant buildings, the dazzling handiwork of the city's skilled artists and architects. But there were also geniuses of a different sort---Florence's manuscript huntes, scribes, scholars, and booksellers who by blowing the dust off a thousand years of history and ancient knowledge, imagined a new and enlightened world. The story is here focussed on on remarkable man--Vespasiano de Bisticci (b. 1422)who became known as :the king of the world of booksellers". Over four decades he produced and sold many hundreds of volumes from his bookshop, which also became a center for discussion and debate. Some of the books in which he dealt were works of art in their own right, copies by talented scribes and illuminated by the finest miniaturists. Eventually, though, his specialty was swept away by the advent of the printed book that gave access to readers who could never have afforded one of Vaspasiano's elegant manuscripts. Fine / fine. Item #E27237
ISBN: 9780802158529

Price: $16.50

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