The invention of writing is one of the highlights of human history. In fact, we can only speak of History precisely with the appearance of this resource to codify all kinds of data. Its origin is to be found in the cradle of civilizations that was the Fertile East or Middle East in general. Mesopo...
The invention of writing is one of the highlights of human history. In fact, we can only speak of History precisely with the appearance of this resource to codify all kinds of data. Its origin is to be found in the cradle of civilizations that was the Fertile East or Middle East in general. Mesopotamia and Egypt were the first peoples that began to leave written testimonies by means of cuneiform and hieroglyphic scripts, respectively. Gradually, the invention was popularized through contact with other civilizations. The great classical cultures, Greece and Rome, spread writing throughout the Mediterranean and much of Europe. In fact, the first great ancient books that have survived are often dedicated to the transcription of Greco-Roman works. Very close to us, in the European monasteries of the High Middle Ages, monks developed an intense copyist work that left us numerable incunabula and other compilations of ancient manuscripts. ancient manuscripts. ancient manuscripts .
In the 15th century, Europe was at the dawn of the Renaissance and the passion for learning and rediscovering the great intellectual treasures of the past was gaining momentum. In 1440, the German Johannes Gutenberg presented the invention that would once again change the way knowledge was transmitted. The printing press substantially reduced the time needed to copy a written work by means of a system of metal plates with embossed letters that made it possible to fill as many pages as desired. As could not be otherwise, classical thinkers were the first to benefit from the possibilities of this machine, multiplying exponentially the number of available copies of each work. Manuscript writing would not end here, but the printed book would prove to be a powerful vehicle for cultural dissemination in the following decades. For example, the success of the Protestant Reformation that began in 1517 cannot be understood without the publication of numerous printed books by the precursors and promoters of this movement. In addition to these religious controversies, the printing press would finally make it possible to speak of a universal literature, with the dissemination of works from all epochs and the decisive impulse to the publication of new books.
The collecting of antique books is not a novelty of our days. Throughout the centuries, kings, nobles, clergymen and characters of all kinds accumulated immense libraries as their main heritage. In our section corresponding to these singular pieces, it is possible to find three main categories:
Superb atlas with 42 large-folio maps. Complete. Worthy of a cartography museum. Superb atlas with 42 large-folio...
Large French Bible of which two volumes of three survive. Period binding. Large French Bible of which two...Sold
Amazing facsimile with more than 200 original etchings. With images of sciences, liberal arts and mechanic arts. Complete. Amazing facsimile with more than 200...Sold