Jul 06, 2020
Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History
Posted by Rebecca Romney J. P. Romney

A funny and entertaining history of printed books as told through absurd moments in the lives of authors and printers, collected by television s favorite rare book expert from HISTORY s hit series Pawn Stars.Since the Gutenberg Bible first went on sale in 1455, printing has been viewed as one of the highest achievements of human innovation But the march of progress hasn tA funny and entertaining history of printed books as told through absurd moments in the lives of authors and printers, collected by television s favorite rare book expert from HISTORY s hit series Pawn Stars.Since the Gutenberg Bible first went on sale in 1455, printing has been viewed as one of the highest achievements of human innovation But the march of progress hasn t been smooth downright bizarre is like it Printer s Error chronicles some of the strangest and most humorous episodes in the history of Western printing, and makes clear that we ve succeeded despite ourselves Rare book expert Rebecca Romney and author J P Romney take us from monasteries and museums to auction houses and libraries to introduce curious episodes in the history of print that have had a profound impact on our world.Take, for example, the Gutenberg Bible While the book is regarded as the first printed work in the Western world, Gutenberg s name doesn t appear anywhere on it Today, Johannes Gutenberg is recognized as the father of Western printing But for the first few hundred years after the invention of the printing press, no one knew who printed the first book This long standing mystery took researchers down a labyrinth of ancient archives and libraries, and unearthed surprising details, such as the fact that Gutenberg s financier sued him, repossessed his printing equipment, and started his own printing business afterward Eventually the first printed book was tracked to the library of Cardinal Mazarin in France, and Gutenberg s forty two line Bible was finally credited to him, thus ensuring Gutenberg s name would be remembered by middle school students worldwide.

  • Title: Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History
  • Author: Rebecca Romney J. P. Romney
  • ISBN: 9780062412317
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Printer s Error Irreverent Stories from Book History A funny and entertaining history of printed books as told through absurd moments in the lives of authors and printers collected by television s favorite rare book expert from HISTORY s hit series Paw

    Charlie Lovett

    I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this forthcoming gem A delightful romp through the history of printing I thought I knew a lot about books but I found out all kinds of interesting tidbits and laughed out loud at the same time Great fun and highly informative and interesting.


    Sarah Beth

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins This work of non fiction shares selected historical tales from the world of publishing Although printing is viewed as a prime example of human innovation, it has also been at the center of controversy, mishaps, and strange events since it first came on the scene Authors J.P and Rebecca Romney highlight just a few of these stories throughout history in this book Important figures in the history of publishing covered in this book [...]


    Chris

    Very good look at some critical moments in the history of print and printing The authors get a bit too cute at points, and this is a book that probably won t age well due to the humor, but I enjoyed it nonetheless FYI, the book text ends at page 284 The endnotes run from pages 287 338 and the index from 339 353.


    Glen

    I won this book in a drawing.A wonderful, light hearted popular history about the invention and effects of the printing press It includes the mysterious life of Gutenberg, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Dickens,and many, many other titans Very interesting stuff Possibly the best history book I ve read this year


    Aisling

    Laugh out loud funny.I know weird, right I had no idea this book would be so incredibly entertaining I expected it to be educational and about an interesting topic I did not expect to learn things about William Blake this was my area of Eng Lit my major for crying out loud or literally all the others who were profiled in this book I am not familiar with the t.v show the authors guest appear on but I am highly impressed with the research that went into this book.I read large bits of this book out [...]


    Katie/Doing Dewey

    Initially, I was dubious of this book The authors use a lot of profanity and while that doesn t bother me in dialogue, it felt out of place to me in nonfiction It reminded me of Sarah Vowell s style in Assassination Vacation, which I did not like If you do like her style, I d suggest picking this up Fortunately for me though, this was different enough from Vowell s book that I ended up enjoying it I think initially I was bothered by the style because it didn t feel formal enough for nonfiction A [...]


    LillyBooks

    I enjoyed this book even though I feel like it was mis titled Only the introduction is about true printers errors those typos, misspellings, and other errors often found in first editions Rather, the majority of the book is a collection of quirky and or quaint stories about the printed word Sometimes it was a little too nudge nudge wink wink with the jokes, but I still found it fascinating The chapter on Mary Wollstonecraft was especially enlightening, if for all the wrong reasons.


    Theodore Cohen

    I always perked up when Rebecca Romney appeared on Pawn Stars, so it was with great enthusiasm that I looked forward to reading this book Alas, it was a disappointment If it were not for the abundance of superb information regarding the many historical figures discussed, I would have lowered my score to 2 Stars, that s how poorly written it was.The problem, basically, is that the authors, for whatever reason, thought the injection of humor, puns, and the like was necessary to make the subject ma [...]


    Lynn

    Today s post is on Printer s Error Irreverent Stories from Book History by Rebecca Romney and J P Romney It is 384 pages long and is published by HarperCollins The cover is white with a printing press and an editor freaking out over the misprinted title The intended reader is someone who is interested in book history and humorous stories There is mild foul language, talk of sex, and talk of violence in this book There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the back of the book Since the Gutenberg Bible first we [...]


    Ann

    This book would make an excellent show on PBS or the History Channel if the History Channel could get back to making shows about, you know, history Each chapter covers an entirely different aspect of books and book culture from printing technology to copyright, from the importance of illustrations in a work s context to how an advertising campaign got America to read It can get a little muddled because there s just so many topics, but each chapter is fascinating on it s own And the material is [...]


    Mehdi

    A delightful foray into some of the most exciting episodes in the history of the Book Mr and Mrs Romney bring joy, laughter and irreverence to a subject that much to our chagrin has too often been the exclusive domain of dour, austere, old white men We learn much about luminaries like Johannes Gutenberg, William Blake, Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin and Charles Dickens But other less known to your truly anyway yet fascinating figures are also discussed Occultist monk Trithemius, who entertained [...]


    Gail

    i did not get too far with this book as I only read the Introduction and the first chapter The writing style completely annoyed me The excessive amount of snarky comments are NOT funny and totally unnecessary I guess the authors did this to make the information palatable, but all it did was made me decide to stop reading the book It seems as if they are trying to attract a much younger readership because the comments mostly within parentheses are juvenile It s a real shame as there s plenty of [...]


    Lucy

    Interesting but rather too irreverent in places with trying too hard humor.Chapters are How to forge a rare book Forgetting Mr Gooseflesh better known as Gutenberg Trees of truth the Bible in English Making the round world flat Mercator s map Bad Shakespeare Benjamin Franklin makes it rain Angelic visions and deadly terrors William Blake The memoir that killed her memory Mary Wollstonecraft American bookaneers about copyright When doves cry about fonts and typography Blifter about advertising No [...]


    Dkettmann

    Excellent book, so than I expected On first glance, an odds and ends book about the history of the printed word But wrapped in wonderfully contained chapters, and with an unexpected dry humor from the author, this book is very entertaining Who knew that Charles Dickens got a figurative black eye for arguing against early 1900 s America s wholesale, en bloc pirating of any book from England And they were almost ALL from England Funny how times change and a country that once didn t see a problem [...]


    Rebecca

    Based on the title, I thought this would be about actual printing errors The book opens with a story about a printing error in one of Mark Twains books, which was of a practical joke And there s a spelling mistake in the book, but that s it The subtitle would have been accurate if it said Stories From Book History Told Irreverently The authors put in a lot of puns and pop culture references I did actually laugh at one The font used to print this book is distracting The authors use a quote sayi [...]


    Nicole Ankenmann

    Audiobook 8h.43m.This book is a cheeky, casual exploration of the dodgier side of the historical printing industry It s as though a passionate and learned librarian has downed a fair amount of alcohol and then monopolized all conversation at a party jovial, interesting, and insightful while also occasionally crude and regularly profane.I quite enjoyed reading this book I laughed in places, I parroted much of what I d learned to those nearby, and I ve already recommended this book to a few people [...]


    Lizzie

    Meh I thought I would like this than I did It had a little too much fluff for me The chapters were longer than was needed to tell the story The stories they picked each about a printing error or something similar were interesting Yet, I never got really into any of them My favorite was about the history of Gutenberg, but pairing it with the history of an anti printing contemporary was an odd choice Also, be ready for a lot of corny puns.


    Michael Tarpinian

    Good printing and publishing related stories mainly around collectible books Interesting anecdotes about Guttenberg, Shakespeare and the Bible.I have one big quibble with him talking about the E in the middle of Shakespeare s name The author said it was added by typesetters because of the size and shape of the K and S They would have just added a small sliver of kerning to spread out the gap between the letters.


    Brandi

    It was okay There was a bit too much unnecessary profanity for a non fiction and it isn t quite what I expected I was expecting humour than what was actually presented It was a bit of a let down, but it would still make a good reference book for those interested in the history of printing, but due to the language used it would not be suitable for a high school or college student to quote in a paper Overall, I d rate it about 3.6.


    Eme87

    This book was fascinating It covers irreverent stories from book history that also changed the way books were viewed and used On top of clearly excellent and thorough research, the Romney s insert a lot of humor which often made me laugh aloud It can be so easy to have an interesting topic but dry turnout of a book, but what we have here is not dry at all A complete downpour of facts, humor, and good writing.


    K De

    The history of printing told in episodic Canterbury Tale fashion From the opening tale to the last tale the authors, Rebecca and J.P Romney, write in a breezy style that gives the reader abundant information about the personalities involved in the printing press and associated bits and pieces, like fonts Highly readable, from tales about Gutenberg to Wollenstonecraft, well worth waiting for a sequel.


    Kimberly Brooks

    The title kind of mislead meI was hoping for surprising or controversial stories from printing history Also maybe because I ve read at least two books in the past year that covered the similar information Shakespeare and the history of the book I did enjoy their writing style though snarky, sarcastic, tongue in cheek.


    Mike

    interesting stories wreaked by blog style writingI liked the book, the content was overall good but it was too gossipy in tone Light hearted is good, but this was a little much Also there were price tags put onto things that were a little distracting Nevertheless, I did like it overall.


    Carol

    Laced with humor, vulgarity and pop culture references, this is a wild ride through some highlights of printing s history, and a reader s exploration of how the issues we face in the digital age have been faced before.


    George

    This is a book about the history of the book It starts with the invention of the printing press and highlight a number of major stories that influenced the book as we know it This is a funny book, but with a lot of great history too I would recommend this book to everyone.


    Calley Odum

    It took me a long time to get through this one It was easy to put down, mostly due to the short story format The stories themselves were funny funny interesting, not funny ha ah I just often saw no point to continuing onto the next when I d finished one.


    Seán O"Hara

    Because I have a long history in Printing, both in running presses and in graphic design, I found this work interesting, informative, and delightfully humorous It s irreverence it appropriate to the topic, imho Would read it all over again soon, no doubt.


    Jacki Leach

    If you re a bibliophile like me, you ll love this book Lots of great info, and the stories are so interesting One of the authors has been featured on Pawn Stars she is a rare book expert, and her knowledge shines throughout this entire book.


    Willow

    Funny and educational


    Forrest Link

    Some interesting facts and anecdotes, but tries too hard to be cute.



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