Finished reading on October 29th, 2013
In the book “The Sleepwalkers” the author Arthur Koestler claims that Nicolaus Copernicus’s book De Revolutionibus was a book that nobody read. Owen Gingerich shows in his book however that the claim is wrong, and that Copernicus’s book was read rather widely as he located a lot of annotated first and second editions.
“The Book Nobody Read” is mostly about Gingerich’s search for the first two editions of De Revolutionibus and what happened on the way, but it’s also about what can happen to rare old books, one might also learn a little about how to recognize facsimiles in books, although that’s still a bit fuzzy…
But besides that you can also learn a little more about some of the 16th and 17th century astronomers and other notable people who owned that book.
In parts it’s more reminiscent of a crime novel, so it’s fun!