The bookseller of Florence

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The untold account of a Florentine bookseller working at the frontiers of human knowledge, and the epochal shift from script to print that defined the Renaissance. The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings – the dazzling handiwork of the city’s artists and architects. But equally important were geniuses of another kind: Florence’s manuscript hunters, scribes, scholars and booksellers, who blew the dust off a thousand years of history and, through the discovery and diffusion of ancient knowledge, imagined a new and enlightened world. At the heart of this activity was a remarkable bookseller: Vespasiano da Bisticci. Besides repositories of ancient wisdom by the likes of Plato, Aristotle and Cicero, his books were works of art in their own right, copied by talented scribes and illuminated by the finest miniaturists.

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‘A marvel of storytelling and a masterclass in the history of the book’ WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings – the dazzling handiwork of the city’s artists and architects. But equally important were geniuses of another kind: Florence’s manuscript hunters, scribes, scholars and booksellers. At a time where all books were made by hand, these people helped imagine a new and enlightened world.

At the heart of this activity was a remarkable bookseller: Vespasiano da Bisticci. His books were works of art in their own right, copied by talented scribes and illuminated by the finest miniaturists. With a client list that included popes and royalty, Vespasiano became the ‘king of the world’s booksellers’. But by 1480 a new invention had appeared: the printed book, and Europe’s most prolific merchant of knowledge faced a formidable new challenge.

‘A spectacular life of the book trade’s Renaissance man’ JOHN CAREY, SUNDAY TIMES

Additional information

Weight0.391 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 3 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

viii, 481 , 8 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

945.51105092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K