Michael Servetus is one of those hidden figureheads of history who is remembered not for his name, but for the revolutionary deeds that stand in his place. Both a scientist and a freethinking theologian, Servetus is credited with the discovery of pulmonary circulation in the human body as well as the authorship of a polemical masterpiece that cost him his life. The Chrisitianismi Restituto, a heretical work of biblical scholarship, written in 1553, aimed to refute the orthodox Christianity that Servetus' old colleague, John Calvin, supported. After the book spread through the ranks of Protestant hierarchy, Servetus was tried and agonizingly burned at the stake, the last known copy of the Restitutio chained to his leg.
Servetus's execution is significant because it marked a turning point in the quest for freedom of expression, due largely to the development of the printing press and the proliferation of books in Renaissance Europe. Three copies of the Restitutio managed to survive the burning, despite every effort on the part of his enemies to destroy them. As a result, the book became almost a surrogate for its author, going into hiding and relying on covert distribution until it could be read freely, centuries later. Out of the Flames tracks the history of this special work, examining Servetus's life and times and the politics of the first information during the sixteenth century. Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone follow the clandestine journey of the three copies through the subsequent centuries and explore its author's legacy and influence over the thinkers that shared his spirit and genius, such as Leibniz, Voltaire, Rousseau, Jefferson, Clarence Dorrow, and William Osler.
Out of the Flames is an extraordinary story providing testament to the power of ideas, the enduring legacy of books, and the triumph of individual courage.
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“Rescuing author and book from modern obscurity, the Goldstones recount the engrossing tale of how Michael Servetus came to write his unparalleled compendium of Unitarian heterodoxy and revolutionary human anatomy...[A] fascinating study.” --BooklistAbout the Author:
LAWRENCE and NANCY GOLDSTONE are a husband-and-wife writing team who have authored three books on their book-collecting pursuits: Used and Rare (St. Martin's, 1977), Slightly Chipped (St. Martin's, 1999), and Warmly Inscribed (St. Martin's, 2001).
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Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR002454327
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Codice libro della libreria GOR005498301
Descrizione libro Century, London, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Good condition, book looks almost 'as new' apart from very faint wear to the jacket. This book is an extraordinary story providing testament to the power of books, it is a story of the Christianismi Restitutio, one of the rarest books in the world and how the authorities tried to burn every single cope in existence, however three survived to inspire the leaders of the French Revolution. Published in 2003. Codice libro della libreria 8012560
Descrizione libro Century, 2003. Hardback. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. ~Pencil annotations to rear endpage. With dustwrapper. Size: xi, 356pp. Many illus. Binding tight, text unmarked. Codice libro della libreria ZZ0818
Descrizione libro Century;, 2003. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. 8vo. Hardback. First edition. 356pp. 29 b/w illustrations and maps. The story of the book 'Chrisianismi Restitutio' by Michael Servetus. A New / Mint copy with no inscriptions, in a Mint unclipped dustwrapper. Codice libro della libreria 26071
Descrizione libro Century, London, 2003. Cloth. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. First Edition. Michael Servetus is one of history's hidden geniuses. In the mid sixteenth century, at a time when the orthodox church taught a doctrine of predestination, he wrote a book arguing for the reality of human free will. The Christianismi Restitutio was immediately banned by the Inquisition, Servetus went underground and escaped capture until he was betrayed by his friend Calvin. The church tried to destroy every single copy of the book, to eradicate all traces of it from history and after a dramatic escape from jail and on to the rooftops, Servetus was recaptured and burned at the stake with what the church believed was the last copy of the book chained to his leg. The authors tell Servetus's extraordinary story and the story of how just three copies of his book survived to help inspire the leaders of the American and French Revolutions. This is a book about the importance of books for the course of human history, told from the point of view of antiquarian book collectors with an obsessive love of books. 353pp. N.B. Slight rubbing to spine edge of inside cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 036738
Descrizione libro Century publishing, UK, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. First Edition. It's funny how the Renaissance period was also a time when Michael Servetus (1511-1553) was burned at the stake because his Christianismi Restitutio Which challenged John Calvin's orthodoxy. Previous owners name at the top the 1st page. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. , 356 pages, indexed, with a page of credits for the illustrations that appear throughout the book reproduced in black-and-white. The book is secondhand, there is no damage to describe of the book, or of its jacket. . Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Renaissance 16thc to 17thc; Books on Books. ISBN: 0712676988. ISBN/EAN: 9780712676984. Inventory No: 0266558. Codice libro della libreria 0266558
Descrizione libro Century Publishing, London, 2003, 2003. 22.0 x 15.0cms, 258pp, b/w illusts, very good+ hardback & dustwrapper (tanned paper, unread) Michael Servetus (1511-1553) was burned at the stake because his Christianismi Restitutio challenged John Calvin's orthodoxy. But 3 copies of the Restitutio survived and influenced Leibnitz, Voltaire, Jefferson & William Osler. Codice libro della libreria 146132