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The Bookseller of Florence

A book by Ross King.

Ross King

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. (From Bond Street Books)

Ross King is a writer, critic and historian who currently lives in the U.K. He has written several books about history, including The Judgment of ParisBrunelleschi's Dome, and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling. He has won the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction twice: in 2006 for The Judgment of Paris and in 2012 for Leonardo and the Last Supper.

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