Category: Tidbit Histories

Tidbit Histories – FLASH! Alice Debuts, Then Disappears!

2000 copies of the first printing of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND were printed by the Clarendon Press in Oxford in 1865 and delivered to Macmillan for publication.  Fifty copies were reserved for the author, one of which Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) requested Macmillan send directly to his young friend Alice Hargraves, the model for …

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Tidbit Histories – Before Ebooks, In a Land Far Away.

The e-reader is not the first challenge to the traditional concept of a book. In 1841 Bernard Tauchnitz of Leipzig published the first paperback in a projected series he called ‘Collection of British Authors’. Coming on the heels of the first cloth-bound book in 1822, his series would include such notables as Dickens, Scott & …

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Tidbit Histories – Flash! Johannes Gutenberg Unwittingly Sparks Revolution.

Once Gutenberg printed his now famous Bible in 1455 –widely accepted as the first book printed from moveable type, the printing press spread through Europe like wildfire. By 1460 printing houses appeared throughout the Rhineland in Cologne, Basil and Nuremberg. By 1465 the printing press had crossed the Alps into Italy. The first book was …

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Tidbit Histories – Thomas Paine Proves the Pen is Mightier Than the Sword!

If ever there was proof that the pen is mightier than the sword; it is in the words than flowed from the pen of Thomas Paine. COMMON SENSE, the first unqualified argument for political independence, was published in Philadelphia in January of 1776. Six months later the same city witnessed the signing of the Declaration …

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Tidbit Histories – A CHRISTMAS CAROL not Dickens’ favorite!

In October of 1844, Charles Dickens and his family were on holiday in Genoa. Having written A CHRISTMAS CAROL the previous year, it was time to start his second Christmas Story. Unfortunately Dickens found that he could not write away from his beloved England. Then, inspiration struck, ignited by the sound of the bells of …

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