How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson. From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Where Good Ideas Come From" and "Everything Bad Is Good for You," a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences.
Victorian publisher’s binding on Rip Van Winkle (Macmillan and Co, 1893) The cover design is unsigned, but it was possibly George Henry Boughton (1833-1905), illustrator of book. Boughton was born in Norwich, England, moving at the age of three to Albany, New York. In 1862 he returned permanently to England (London) and over the next 42 years he exhibited 87 pieces at the Royal Academy. He illustrated several works by American writers, including this work by Washington Irving.