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The Bookseller of Florence
By (author): Ross King
9780385692977 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures Apr 13, 2021
$39.95 CAD
Active 6.45 x 9.53 x 1.47 in | 1.69 lb 496 pages 4C PHOTO INSERT 1/8 PP Doubleday Canada Bond Street Books
Award-winning and bestselling author Ross King is back with another rich, gripping history—a story of rivalry, new technology and the finest illuminated manuscripts known to history, all set against a Renaissance Florence backdrop.

Against the endlessly rich and fascinating backdrop of Renaissance Florence, The Bookseller of Florence brings to light an extraordinary story about the city and its culture—that of Vespasiano da Bisticci, the “king of the world’s booksellers,” Florence’s most indispensable and prolific merchant of knowledge. His bookshop in the heart of Florence was a gathering place for the city’s most prominent poets and philosophers, and it was there that Vespasiano and his team of scribes created beautiful illuminated manuscripts for their clients, a cast of powerful popes and wealthy European princes.

But in 1476, as Vespasiano began working on one of his most famed and gorgeous works, the Urbino Bible, the printing press came to Florence and threatened his life’s work. The Bookseller of Florence tells the story of the people at the forefront of the world’s greatest cultural and technological revolution. It explores the clash between old and new and the way it can produce an explosion of fresh ideas, and is the definitive tome on one of the world’s most transformative moments in time.

Story Locale: Florence, Italy

CELEBRATED WRITER: Ross King is the rare combination of rigorous researcher and fascinating storyteller. His books are consistently acclaimed and frequently nominated for Canada’s top prizes. Most recently, Mad Enchantment won the RBC Taylor Prize, was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was longlisted for BC’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

FRESH TAKE: In this book, Ross will do more of what he does best—take a beloved historical subject of wide interest (in this case, Renaissance Florence) and tackle it in an entirely new way. This book will be the definitive tome on one of the Renaissance’s most influential figures and on one of the world’s most disruptive and transformative periods.

BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE: King puts human faces to the advent of print and explores how it shook up Europe’s artistic elite. He also speaks to the topical theme of technology as a disrupter, in our industry and beyond.

BOOKISH APPEAL: This subject is also sure to appeal to booksellers and book lovers in addition to King’s regular readers.

ROSS KING is the highly praised author of Mad Enchantment, The Judgment of Paris, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven and Leonardo and the Last Supper. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (for The Judgment of Paris and Leonardo and the Last Supper), and he won the RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for Mad Enchantment. Born and raised in Canada, he holds degrees from the University of Regina, York University in Toronto and University College, London. He now lives near Oxford, England.

Author Residence: Oxford, UK

Author Hometown: Estevan, Saskatchewan

Author Website: www.rosskingbooks.com

“Throughout, King deftly navigates Florence’s rich cultural and political history, painting intimate portraits of Vespasiano and others involved in the book world during these incredible times, including the man who would revolutionize it all, Johannes Gutenberg…. A treat for book lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Magnificent…. King’s meticulous research provides an immersive reading experience as he expertly weaves the political intrigue of families vying for power and currying favor with the pope into a riveting intellectual history covering the evolution of books, Renaissance Italy, classical philosophy and literature, and the invention of the printing press. A profoundly engaging study of a time when books were considered essential to a meaningful life, and knowledge and wisdom were cherished as ends in themselves.” —Booklist

“A richly detailed portrait of 15th-century Florence and the important role booksellers played in disseminating ancient Greek and Latin texts that were vital to the Renaissance…. This expert account shines a new light on the Renaissance.” —Publishers Weekly

“In this fascinating biography, Canadian author King weaves Vespasiano’s story into the fabric of the tumultuous times in which he lived. Although the details about the history and mechanics of early Renaissance book production, such as ink manufacture and distribution supply chains, might be tedious in another work, here they add to the depth and enjoyment of the story. The result is a narrative about a man and his books, and so much more, including the origins and history of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the influence of Johannes Gutenberg and his printing press on the arc of history…. Standout narrative nonfiction that will engage bibliophiles and readers who enjoy historical nonfiction.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“The scope of King’s knowledge is staggering and his book bulges with facts…. Remarkable as these feats of factual exposition are, King’s supreme ability is to imagine himself into the past…Spectacular.” —The Times (UK)

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