The Bookseller of Florence

Ross King
History, Non-Fiction
Pages: 399
Date Started: February 14, 2022
Date Finished: February 28, 2022
12h 12m 36s
Reason Book was Chosen:
I've read a few other books by Ross King about Italy. This one caught my eye as it's also about booksellers!

My Thoughts

What a neat book! It centers around a bookseller and manuscript producer named Vespasiano who lived in the late 15th century in Florence, Italy. This book covers the history of books, of Florence, and of the shift from manuscripts (done by hand) to printed books. Vespasiano’s focus was to “recapture the wisdom of the past and bring it back to life for the sake of the present.” Works by Plato, Aristotle, and many others were introduced into Italy, paving the way for the Renaissance.

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