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Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History
Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History | Rebecca Romney, J P Romney
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A funny and entertaining history of printed books as told through absurd moments in the lives of authors and printers, collected by television s favorite rare-book expert from HISTORY s hit series Pawn Stars.Since the Gutenberg Bible first went on sale in 1455, printing has been viewed as one of the highest achievements of human innovation. But the march of progress hasn t been smooth; downright bizarre is more like it. Printer s Error chronicles some of the strangest and most humorous episodes in the history of Western printing, and makes clear that we ve succeeded despite ourselves. Rare-book expert Rebecca Romney and author J. P. Romney take us from monasteries and museums to auction houses and libraries to introduce curious episodes in the history of print that have had a profound impact on our world.Take, for example, the Gutenberg Bible. While the book is regarded as the first printed work in the Western world, Gutenberg s name doesn t appear anywhere on it. Today, Johannes Gutenberg is recognized as the father of Western printing. But for the first few hundred years after the invention of the printing press, no one knew who printed the first book. This long-standing mystery took researchers down a labyrinth of ancient archives and libraries, and unearthed surprising details, such as the fact that Gutenberg s financier sued him, repossessed his printing equipment, and started his own printing business afterward. Eventually the first printed book was tracked to the library of Cardinal Mazarin in France, and Gutenberg s forty-two-line Bible was finally credited to him, thus ensuring Gutenberg s name would be remembered by middle-school students worldwide.Like the works of Sarah Vowell, John Hodgman, and Ken Jennings, Printer s Error is a rollicking ride through the annals of time and the printed word."
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AutumnRLS
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Book mail and schnauzers #bookriot

BookNAround Hello lovely ladies! Gatsby says hi. 7mo
AutumnRLS @BookNAround tell Gatsby we say hi! 7mo
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Pickpick

I LOL‘d several times over this book - it‘s great! Mikey-Cat also makes me LOL, but for totally different reasons.

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LeahBergen
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My favourite sort of book mail ... #BooksAboutBooks. 😀

drokka That Printer's Error looks good. I know sometimes the 'error' was really an 'a-purpose' by the person working the printer, but dubbed a mistake by the printer owner, for economy-sake 😂 2y
TrishB They look like fun 👍 2y
LeahBergen @drokka I was just looking at one of these pseudo-errors in this book ... an intentional phallus in a Mark Twain illustration. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @TrishB Yes! They certainly do. 😘 2y
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Readingrobin
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Fortunate to hear the lovely author Rebecca Romney last evening and for some unknown reason I did NOT snap her photo! She is an excellent speaker so if you get the chance to hear her, go for it!

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Tanner
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#bookmail yay! The book arrived with the dustjacket on upside down. Now, is that deliberate or just a printer (well, technically bindery) error? In either case, it seems fitting - I love it!

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I am so bad - my TBR piles are already out of control - my BBE says I need help/therapy.

Tanner And this one too: 3y
Suzze I know the feeling. Can't stop. 3y
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I am so bad - my TBR piles are already out of control - my BBE says I need help/therapy.

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BOOK MAIL! I couldn't wait any longer for I Hate Fairyland Vol. 2 to be on Hoopla, so I caved. The other two are non-fiction I couldn't resist. I think @Liberty mentioned Printer's Error.

LeahBergen I can't wait to get my hands on Printer's Error. (edited) 3y
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I've been a little absent because of a family death, but I'm back online now. I really like Romney on Pawn Stars & I'm an editor by trade, so couldn't resist saying yes to a review copy of a book about books. Looks fascinating. Although I'm sad my wineglass is empty. 🍷 @HarperBooks

Alfoster Sorry for your family loss and the wine loss. Hope all is better soon🍷! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Hugs for you and your family! So sorry for your loss. 3y
Alfoster Sorry if that sounded snarky; I know they're not the same loss😳! 3y
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bookdrunkard78 Sorry for your loss. But it's nice to spend an evening with a good book and a glass of wine! 3y
Libby1 (((Hugs))) 💔 3y
britt_brooke Hugs! 3y
BethFishReads @Alfoster no worries. I knew just what you meant. Thanks 3y
CherylDeFranceschi So sorry for you loss. *hugs* 3y
Rhondareads So sorry for your loss. 3y
MicheleinPhilly I'm so sorry for your loss. ❤❤❤❤ 3y
Dragon Glad you're back on Litsy. So sorry for your loss. ❤️ 3y
LeahBergen Aww. I'm sorry. Fill that wine glass back up! (and I've been anxiously waiting for this one. I hope you like it!) 3y
Cinfhen Sorry for your loss 😞 3y
BethFishReads @LeahBergen I think I'll start it this weekend. Thanks for your kind thoughts. 3y
minkyb So sorry for your loss. Glad you are back. 3y
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