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The design of this case is great--a more upmarket version if Apple's case. I think the exterior could possibly be leather (cheap embossed leather), but the interior lining is faux suede and off-gasses a smell that would stun an ox. My entire office smells like a chemical plant. I know this is made in China, so I wasn't expecting eco-friendly or anything, but Good God....Read more
As an avid collector and bibliophile, particularly as regards printing history, I was appalled at Mr. Brownlee's apparent ignorance of the most basic understanding of Johannes Gutenberg (more accurately Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg--"Gutenberg" merely being the name of the house his family owned in Mainz). When I began reading Illuminated, while the prose is a bit turgid, I had high hopes for this book as a new biblio-mystery--one founded in actual fact, unlike the drivel of Dan Brown. Soon, however, it became apparent that Mr. Brownlee had not taken the time to acquaint himself with the most rudimentary facts surrounding Gutenberg and his magnum opus. A few examples: (1) Despite Mr. Brownlee's claims, the locations and ownership of every surviving copy of the Bible are well known and documented. Indeed the only copy remaining in private hands is the copy owned by William Scheide, on pretty much permanent loan to Princeton, where the general consensus is it will remain after Mr. Scheide's demise; (2) Gutenberg did not illuminate, or cause to be illumninated, any of his Bibles. He printed them with blank spaces (often containing a small printed letter to indicate what the illuminator should add. They were to be illuminated to the taste of the purchaser--Gutenberg was attempting to recreate books that looked as if they were hand written by scribes, hence the massive number of ligatures and scribal shorthand he employed in the Bible--it was to mimic scribal handwriting, not to create a new medium apart from the scribal tradition, that came later). Thus, Mr. Brownlee's far-fetched concept of Gutenberg hiding secrets in illuminations spread amongst all the Bibles is nonsensical; (3) Finally, Gutenberg did not hobnob with the great and mighty of the Fifteenth Century. In fact, he was nothing more than a upper middle class merchant who was bankrupt by 1460 following a lawsuit with his partner Johann Fust, his financial backer. Fust and his son in law, Peter Schoeffer, continued the business without Gutenberg, although there is some scant evidence to suggest Gutenberg tried again. Mr. Brownlee should stick to music.
As an aside, it is generally accepted, or at least considered plausible, that the first printed book was not the 42 line Bible, but the Ars Minor, a school primer by Donatus (also often called simply "the Donatus") that was the first book printed from movable type by Gutenberg. Then again, the issue of what exactly Gutenberg invented is an entirely different story--it may not have been "type" as we understand it at all....
For a much better bibliophilic read, try "The Floating Book" by Michele Lovric. It's a drama/mystery/romance revolving around the von Speyers, the first printers to arrive in Venice. Much better written and more well-researched than Illuminated, by far.