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En el mapa. De cómo el mundo adquirió su aspecto

by Simon Garfield

Los mapas nos fascinan. Plasman lo que conocemos del mundo y registran nuestros progresos pero, sobre todo, cuentan nuestra historia. Imagine un mundo sin ellos. ¿Cómo viajaríamos? ¿Podríamos reclamar la propiedad de una tierra? ¿Hasta dónde se extenderían los países? ¿Sobre qué discutirían hombres y mujeres en el coche? Remontándose a los primeros dibujos de filósofos y exploradores hasta llegar a Google Maps y el GPS, Simon Garfield examina la singular manera en la que los mapas reflejan lo mejor y lo peor de lo que nos hace humanos: el descubrimiento y la curiosidad, el conflicto y la destrucción. Este libro, ingenioso y lleno de anécdotas, constituye un rico mosaico de historias fascinantes: desde la búsqueda del globo terráqueo perfecto o las dificultades de cartografiar África y la Antártida hasta la confección de los intrigantes mapas de tesoros ocultos, los sublimes mappae mundi medievales, el bautizo de América, los orígenes de las primeras guías de viaje o los fraudes más sorprendentes.

The Error World: An Affair with Stamps

by Simon Garfield

From the author of Mauve, an obsessively readable memoir that brings the mania for stamp collecting to life From the Penny Red to the Blue Mauritius, generations of collectors have been drawn to the mystique of rare stamps.Once a widespread pastime of schoolboys, philately has increasingly become the province of older men obsessed with the shrewd investment, the once-in-a-lifetime find, the one elusive beauty that will complete a collection and satisfy an unquenchable thirst.As a boy, Simon Garfield collected errors-rare pigment misprints that create ghostly absences in certain stamps. When this passion reignited in his mid-forties, it consumed him. In the span of a couple of years he amassed a collection of errors worth upwards of forty thousand pounds, pursuing not only this secret passion, but a romantic one as his marriage disintegrated. In this unique memoir, Simon Garfield twines the story of his philatelic obsession with an honest and engrossing exploration of the rarities and absences that both limit and define us. The end result is a thoughtful, funny, and enticing meditation on the impulse to possess.

Just My Type: A Book about Fonts

by Simon Garfield

A hugely entertaining and revealing guide to the history of type that asks, What does your favorite font say about you? Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product we buy. But where do fonts come from, and why do we need so many? Who is responsible for the staid practicality of Times New Roman, the cool anonymity of Arial, or the irritating levity of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)? Typefaces are now 560 years old, but we barely knew their names until about twenty years ago when the pull-down font menus on our first computers made us all the gods of type. Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Simon Garfield explores the rich history and subtle powers of type. He goes on to investigate a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seeming ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and exactly why the all-type cover of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was so effective. It also examines why the "T" in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters and how Gotham helped Barack Obama into the White House. A must-have book for the design conscious, Just My Type's cheeky irreverence will also charm everyone who loved Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Schott's Original Miscellany.

POSTDATA

by Simon Garfield

Una declaración de amor al correo postal «Repleto de maravillosas anécdotas, fascinantes chismes históricos y citas. La pasión epistolar de Garfield resulta contagiosa.» The New York Times Book Review Todos hemos vivido la cálida emoción de recibir una carta o la impaciente espera de noticias postales. Sin embargo, parecemos asistir sin inmutarnos a la desaparición de un arte que durante siglos desempeñó un papel irreemplazable. El correo electrónico, sucesor eficaz pero aséptico y demasiado instantáneo, no da lugar ya ni a un proceso mental pausado, ni al placer táctil del sobre marcado por el viaje, ni a la misteriosa fuerza de la tinta. Simon Garfield devuelve la voz a un Napoleón enamorado e inseguro que, con sonido de batallas de fondo, lamenta la falta de respuesta de su amada Josefina, o a Leonard Woolf devastado tras el suicidio de su esposa Virginia. Pero junto a la de figuras como Cicerón, Ted Hughes, Emily Dickinson o Jack Kerouac, tiene también cabida la correspondencia de personajes desconocidos pero capaces de capturar el mundo en una hoja de papel. Con fascinación contagiosa, Garfield recorre dos mil años de cartas solemnes, informales, íntimas, pomposas, picantes, apasionadas, mostrándonos lo que per demos al dejar de escribirlas, y ofrece maravillosas anécdotas, así como la sorprendente historia del correo postal. ¿Cómo llegaba la carta a su destinatario antes de que existieran los buzones y que un funcionario tuviera la extravagante idea de establecer el pago de un penique a cambio de "un trozo de papel cubierto en su reverso por una solución pegajosa"? La crítica ha dicho... «Garfield tiene un don único para despertar nuestra pasión sobre temas aparentemente planos; tras sus ensayos sobre la tipografía y la geografía, escribe una carta de amor algénero epistolar: deliciosa.» ABC (Mujer hoy) «Un libro que se presta de un modo increíble a la cita, pero si empezáramos a citar no habría fin. Lo que lo vuelve tan atractivo es el evidente amor del autor por el tema, y la frescura con la que escribe, aparte de su erudición y elegancia.» Literary Review «Excelente: a menudo divertido y, en muchos momentos, emocionante.» Financial Times «Un libro muy divertido lleno de anécdotas.» Telva «Una carta de amor a lo que ya parece ser una forma de comunicación pasada de moda. Recorriendo dos milenios de cartas con Garfield como guía, resulta divertido reconocer aquello que nunca cambia.» The Guardian «Un himno de alabanza a veinte siglos de escritura de cartas. Despierta el deseo de concederles una nueva oportunidad al papel y al sobre. La sabiduría de Garfield es amplia, y su entusiasmo infinito.» The Times «Al cavar en dos siglos de cartas, Garfield desentierra numerosos hallazgos epistolares. Fascinante, repleto de historias extravagantes.» The Washington Post «Un luminoso tributo al moribundo arte de escribir cartas.» The Sunday Times

To the Letter

by Simon Garfield

To the Letter tells the story of our remarkable journey through the mail. From Roman wood chips discovered near Hadrian's Wall to the wonders and terrors of email, Simon Garfield explores how we have written to each other over the centuries and what our letters reveal about our lives. Along the way he delves into the great correspondences of our time, from Cicero and Petrarch to Jane Austen and Ted Hughes (and John Keats, Virginia Woolf, Jack Kerouac, Anaïs Nin and Charles Schulz), and traces the very particular advice offered by bestselling letter-writing manuals. He uncovers a host of engaging stories, including the tricky history of the opening greeting, the ideal ingredients for invisible ink, and the sad saga of the dead letter office. As the book unfolds, so does the story of a moving wartime correspondence that shows how letters can change the course of life. To the Letter is a wonderful celebration of letters in every form, and a passionate rallying cry to keep writing.

To the Letter

by Simon Garfield

The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age. Few things are as exciting--and potentially life-changing--as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So New York Times bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years? In To the Letter, Garfield traces the fascinating history of letter writing from the love letter and the business letter to the chain letter and the letter of recommendation. He provides a tender critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He also considers the role that letters have played as a literary device from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, all the rage in the eighteenth century and alive and well today with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to be irreversible, Garfield is the perfect candidate to inspire bibliophiles to put pen to paper and create "a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart."

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