Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History

Author:   Rebecca Romney ,  J. P. Romney
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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9780062412324


Pages:   384
Publication Date:   16 January 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Print history, like any history, is full of strange people and goings-on. The road paved by our civilization's best books is a long and noble one, but it is also lined with unexpected potholes and sharp turns into what-the-hell-is-going-on-here territory. Illustrators talking to ghosts, maps bringing countries to their knees, Shakespeare writing awful plays, and Charles Dickens branding America a nation of filthy literary thieves all serve as back alleys into which the authors could descend. Correction: into which the authors did descend. Consider that today a Gutenberg Bible is the Holy Grail of book collecting. But that wasn't always so. James Lennox, a New York millionaire, sent an agent to bid on his behalf at a London auction in 1847. At that point, no one had ever paid more than GBP215 for a Gutenberg Bible. His agent became embroiled in a bidding war and when the dust settled, Lennox was on the hook for an eye-popping GBP500. Lennox was so angry about the exorbitant sticker price that he flatly refused to pay it. Eventually he came around, which was clearly the right choice, since a Gutenberg Bible would sell for tens of millions of dollars today. Among the many other tales told in Printer's Error are the history of the bad versions of Shakespeare's plays, including a Hamlet who sounds more like a drunken pirate than a prince, and the fate of William Tyndale-who made the Holy Bible accessible to countless worshippers-who was also burned at the stake for heresy.

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Author:   Rebecca Romney ,  J. P. Romney
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Imprint:   HarperPerennial
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 20.30cm
Weight:   0.280kg
ISBN:  

9780062412324


ISBN 10:   0062412329
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   16 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Printer's Error is an entertaining entry in the always fascinating books-about-books genre. The Romneys make good on the irreverent premise that 'the printed word is glorious, but it's also nuts.' How, they ask, can that be so? 'Because we are gloriously nuts.' It's a keeper. -- Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of <i>A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books and On Paper: The Everything of its Two Thousand Year History by a Self-Confessed Bibliophiliac</i> Who knew the printed book could be so fun? J. P. and Rebecca have written a real page turner. Printer's Error is truly a rare treasure. -- Rick Harrison, author of <em>License to Pawn</em> and star of <em>Pawn Stars</em> Captivating. It's like standing in line and overhearing an animated conversation just ahead of you about the secret world of rare books-and hoping you hear it all before they get to the front of the line and wander off someplace else! -- John Simpson, author of <em>The Word Detective</em> Written in an engaging, accessible style, these accounts will appeal to fans of Pawn Stars, as well as scholars of literature and printing history. -- Library Journal


Printer's Error is an entertaining entry in the always fascinating books-about-books genre. The Romneys make good on the irreverent premise that `the printed word is glorious, but it's also nuts.' How, they ask, can that be so? `Because we are gloriously nuts.' It's a keeper. -- Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of <i>A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books and On Paper: The Everything of its Two Thousand Year History by a Self-Confessed Bibliophiliac</i> Who knew the printed book could be so fun? J. P. and Rebecca have written a real page turner. Printer's Error is truly a rare treasure. -- Rick Harrison, author of <em>License to Pawn</em> and star of <em>Pawn Stars</em> Captivating. It's like standing in line and overhearing an animated conversation just ahead of you about the secret world of rare books-and hoping you hear it all before they get to the front of the line and wander off someplace else! -- John Simpson, author of <em>The Word Detective</em> Written in an engaging, accessible style, these accounts will appeal to fans of Pawn Stars, as well as scholars of literature and printing history. -- Library Journal


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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.

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