My book on books, PRINTER’S ERROR, is now available via HarperCollins.
My co-author is J.P. Romney (author of THE MONSTER ON THE ROAD IS ME), and for those of you who listen to our podcast (Biblioclast), you ought to have a sense of what this combination means: nerdy jokes, quirky history, and iconoclastic bibliophilia.
Irreverent Stories from Book History
The book is subtitled “Irreverent Stories from Book History.” In it you’ll learn:
- How the artist and poet William Blake learned a new engraving technique from dream conversations with his dead brother.
- How Ben Franklin systematically destroyed the business of a fellow printer – a printer who earlier had broken up Franklin’s engagement by telling the prospective bride’s parents that printing was not profitable.
- How the first Gutenberg Bible was brought to America entirely by accident, much to the dismay of its new owner.
- How publishers learned that certain words in a book’s title can help sales. Words like, I don’t know, “prostitute.”
And much more. I’m excited to share this with you, the fruit of many years of work, drawn from my experience and research in the world of rare books.