Edward Wilson-Lee: Columbus's Universal Library

Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books (cover)

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The story of the creation of the first great universal library

Edward Wilson-Lee tells the story of Hernando, son of Christopher Columbus, who created the first great universal library in the age of printing. In an illustrated lecture, he describes how Hernando sought to harness the vast powers of the new printing presses to assemble the world’s knowledge in one place, his library in Seville, bringing about an information revolution in the age of exploration.

Having grown up in Kenya and Switzerland, with periods living in Mexico, Zimbabwe and the United States, Edward Wilson-Lee now lives in Cambridge, where he teaches Renaissance literature and is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. His research focuses on books, libraries and travel, which during this project has involved journeys to and through Spain, Italy, India and the Caribbean. He is the author of Shakespeare in Swahililand and The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books.

Image: Cover details from The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books


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