With a foreword by James Naughtie (British radio and news presenter for the BBC).
Turn the pages of the most famous books of all time and marvel at the stories behind them. Over 75 of the world's most celebrated, rare, and seminal books are examined and explained in this stunning treasury.
Books That Changed History is a unique encyclopedia spanning the history of the written word, from 3000 BCE to the modern day. Chronological chapters show the evolution of human knowledge and the changing ways in which books are made. Discover incredible coverage of history's most influential books including the Mahabharata, Shakespeare's First Folio, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Penguin's first ever paperbacks.
From Darwin's groundbreakingOn the Origin of Speciesto Louis Braille's conception of the Braille system that we still use today, these are world famous books that have had the biggest impact on history.
Every book is presented with breathtaking photography and fascinating biographies of those who created them. Books That Changed Historygathers dictionaries, diaries, plays, poems, treaties, and religious texts into one stunning celebration of the undisputed power of books.
1: Foreword2: Introduction3: 3000BCE - 999CE1: Ancient Egyptian Books of the Dead2: I Ching3: The Art of War4: Mahabharata5: Dead Sea Scroll6: Vienna Dioscoride7: Book of Kells8: The Blue Qur'an9: Diamond Sutra10: The Exeter Book11: Directory4: 1000-14491: The Tale of Genji2: The Canon of Medicine3: The Domesday4: The Gospels of Henry the Lion5: Les Tres Riches6: Heures du Duc de Berry7: Directory5: 1450 - 16491: Gutenberg Bible2: Elementa Geometriae3: Nuremberg Chronicle4: Divine Comedy5: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili6: Harmonice Musices Odhecaton7: The Codex Leicester8: Vier Bucher vonmenschlicher Proportion9: Il Principe10: Epitome11: Cosmographia12: Les Propheties13: Aubin Codex14: The Discoverie of Witchcraft15: Don Quixote16: King James Bible17: Hortus Eystettensis18: Tutte l'opere d'architettura19: Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies20: Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo21: Bay Psalm Book22: Directory6: 1650-18991: Micrographia2: Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica3: Systema Naturae4: L'Encyclopedie... des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers5: A Dictionary of the English Language6: Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis7: Tristram Shandy8: Fables in Verse9: The Wealth of Nations10: Rights of Man11: Songs of Innocence and of Experience12: Birds of America13: Procedure for Writing Words, Music, and Plainsong in Dots14: Baedeker guidebooks15: The Pickwick Papers16: The Holy Land17: Photographs of British Algae:18: Cyanotype Impressions19: Uncle Tom's Cabin20: Leaves of Grass21: On the Origin of Species22: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland23: Das Kapital24: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer Now Newly Imprinted25: Un Coup de Des Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard26: Directory7: 1900 Onwards1: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz2: The Tale of Peter Rabbit3: The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm4: General Theory of Relativity5: Pro Dva Kvadrata6: Penguin's First 10 Paperback Books7: The Diary of a Young Girl8: Le Petit Prince9: Le Deuxieme Sexe10: The Feminine Mystique11: Silent Spring12: Quotations from Chairman13: Mao Tse-tung14: Directory8: Index9: Acknowledgements