Hernando Colón was the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus—and that's probably the least interesting fact about him. He was also the master architect of his father's complicated legacy, an intellectual jack-of-all-trades, an inveterate collector of the printed word, and the mind behind one of the most ambitious early libraries in the world. Hernando dreamed of a library that would contain all printed material—not just books, but flyers, sheet music, pamphlets, artworks—and that would be meticulously catalogued and inventoried. As much about knowledge organization as it is about Hernando, this book reminds us that the way we sort information is not innate and that the choices we make as we classify affect the way we see and understand the world. An utterly fascinating read . — Lily (RBB Staff)
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books
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Published: Scribner - March 12th, 2019