This is a perfect gift for anyone who loves books or wants to know more about their history. It starts with a general overview that traces the origins of the book through modern times, and then delves into a chronological examination of specific, famous works known both for their beauty and innovation. The full-color photographs are stunning, and make it feel like you can almost reach out and touch the real pages. This book also provides fantastic insight into the politics of printing and publishing through the years.
Turn the pages of the most famous books of all time and marvel at the stories behind them. Over 75 of the world's most celebrated, controversial, rare, and seminal books are examined and explained in this stunning treasury. Remarkable Books is a unique encyclopedia spanning the history of the written word, from 3000 BCE to the modern day. Chronological chapters show the evolution of human knowledge and the changing ways in which books are made. Discover incredible coverage of history's most influential books including the Mahabharata, Shakespeare's First Folio, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Penguin's first ever paperbacks.
From Darwin's groundbreaking On the Origin of Species to Louis Braille's conception of the Braille system that we still use today, these are world famous books that have had the biggest impact on history, whether for good or bad.
Every book is presented with breathtaking photography and fascinating biographies of those who created them. Remarkable Books gathers dictionaries, diaries, plays, poems, treaties, and religious texts into one stunning celebration of the undisputed power of books.
About the Author
Michael Collins is a native of Ireland and studied theology at the University College Dublin. He has taught in a number of universities, including the American University of Rome; John Cabot University; and Duquesne University, Rome Campus, and he currently serves in St. Mary's Church in Dublin. Michael Collins has authored many books, including DK's The Vatican and Pope Francis: A Photographic Story of the People's Pope, and has been featured on CBS News's 60 Minutes.