"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge": First Edition of The Discoverers; Inscribed by Daniel Boorstin
The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to know his World and Himself.
Boorstin, Daniel J.$975.00
Item Number: 4674
New York: Random House, 1983.
First edition of this “grand and exhilirating voyage, a bold attempt to circumnavigate the intellectual globe” (The Philadlephia Inquirer). Thick octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free end paper, "For Ed Pellegrino with admiration and thanks from Dan Boorstin". The recipient, Ed Pellegrino, was a noted bioethicist and the president of Catholic University. Pellegrino is specifically thanked in the acknowledgment section of The Discoverers and both were premier academic figures at the time of the book’s publication. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association.
"A remarkable narrative of the grand intellectual venture of humankind, rich in fascinating, often dramatic details" (The Wall Street Journal). "A sumptuous, totally engaging panorama. No one who reads it will look at the chronicle of human ingenuity in the same way again" (David McCullough).