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The Lost Gutenberg


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1: The Imperial Century 1: Million-Dollar Bookshelf 2: Treasure Neglected 3: The Bibliophile 4: The Patriot 2: The American Century 5: The Mighty Woman Book Hunter 6: The Lost Gutenberg 7: The Countess and Her Gutenberg 8: The Nuclear Bibliophiles 3: The Asian Century 9: The Unexpected Betrayal 10: The Virtual Gutenberg 11: Final Bows

About the Author

Margaret Leslie Davis is the award-winning author of several works of non-fiction, including The Dark Side of Fortune and Mona Lisa in Camelot. She lives in Los Angeles.


A thrilling page turner * Daily Mail *
An entertaining and insightful human story of obsession about books, and a telling examination of what inspires those who catch the collecting bug. -- Peter Stanford * Daily Telegraph *
A lively tale of historical innovation, the thrill of the bibliophile's hunt, greed and betrayal. * New York Times *
Davis makes bibliographic history utterly page-turning and absorbing... Brilliantly told * Booklist (starred review) *
The remarkable tale of "Number 45", one of the finest copies of the Gutenberg Bible in existence... Davis does a fine job telling a fascinating story that touches on the origin of books, the passion of collectors, the unseen world of rare-book dealers, and the lives of the super-rich, past and present. * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) *
A gripping, well-researched account of the importance of books as cultural artifacts and of one particular work that transformed the world, as well as the lives of those who owned a copy. * Library Journal *
A fascinating exploration of the shifting value we place on rare books, and the shifting wealth and power of those who hunt them. -- Michael Blanding, bestselling author of The Map Thief
Bibliophiles love books, and none more than the book collector's dream of dreams, a Gutenberg Bible. Davis writes not just with skill but also with sympathy and even love. A richly informative and deeply moving story. -- Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography
A spellbinding read, and Margaret Leslie Davis is a damn good storyteller. -- Noel Riley Fitch, author of Sylvia Beach
Davis records the history of this book with enthusiasm and attention to detail. * History Today *
Fascinating... An engaging analysis of bibliomania which also throws light on commercial and investment history in Britain and America. * Church Times *

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