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The Lost Gutenberg

New Non-Fiction from Penguin Random House:
The never-before-told story of one extremely rare copy of the Gutenberg Bible, and its impact on the lives of the fanatical few who were lucky enough to own it.

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About The Author

Margaret Leslie Davis is a prolific author of books about the history of the American West. She has written three acclaimed biographies of the empire
builders of the region: Golden Spur Award-winner Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles, published by…

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An experienced and sought-after public speaker, Davis has delivered addresses at many prestigious forums including the New York Public Library, the White House Historical Association, the National Gallery of Art, The French Cultural Embassy, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Press & Media

Davis’s work has been featured on Good Morning America, C-SPAN Book TV, the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” and documentaries seen on the Discovery Channel and A&E’s “Biography.” She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs nationwide and is a frequent lecturer.

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“The great protagonist is the book itself, the beautifully preserved Gutenberg 45, its immortality assured through, of all things, a cyclotron scanning its pages, analyzing its ink and paper, as it entered the digital age. The Lost Gutenberg is a spellbinding read, and Margaret Leslie Davis is a gifted storyteller.”

— Noël Riley Fitch, author of Sylvia Beach: Une américaine à Paris

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The Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book’s Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey.

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Margaret Leslie Davis’s Work Has Been Featured On:

Margaret Leslie Davis's Work Has Been Featured On ABC's Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, A&E, C-SPAN, and in Vanity Fair

“Margaret Leslie Davis’s The Lost Gutenberg is a fascinating and apt successor to her Mona Lisa in Camelot, for the Gutenberg Bible is to the book arts what the Mona Lisa is to painting — a Holy Grail and epitome of the art it embodies. Davis writes of the succession of owners of a particular copy of Gutenberg’s masterpiece, Number 45.”

— Victoria Steele, Formerly Brooke Russell Astor Director of Collections, New York Public Library

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