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Author: Philipp Blom
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Investigating the history of collecting from the Renaissance to our day. Blom shows a multiplicity of worlds: the scientific cabinets of the fifteenth century and an Italian scholar employed as dragon slayer; the 'Ark' of the Tradescants and a friend's betrayal; Emperor Rudolf II's Prague collection as 'practised alchemy': the macabre art of Dr. Frederik Ruysch, first among embalmers; and the overflowing menagerie  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Blom, Philipp, 1970-
To have and to hold.
Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2003
(OCoLC)891545277
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philipp Blom
ISBN: 1585673773 9781585673773 158567561X 9781585675616
OCLC Number: 50480178
Description: xiv, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Three Old Men 3 --
Part I A Parliament of Monsters --
Part II A Complete History of Butterflies --
Part III Incantations --
Part IV The Tower of Fools --
Epilogue: Plastic Cups and Mausoleums 232.
Responsibility: Philipp Blom.
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"Investigating the history of collecting from the Renaissance to our day. Blom shows a multiplicity of worlds: the scientific cabinets of the fifteenth century and an Italian scholar employed as dragon slayer; the 'Ark' of the Tradescants and a friend's betrayal; Emperor Rudolf II's Prague collection as 'practised alchemy': the macabre art of Dr. Frederik Ruysch, first among embalmers; and the overflowing menagerie of Sir Hans Sloane's curiosities, later to become the foundation of the British Museum. He also discusses the strange fate of Angelo Soliman, a black man at the Habsburg court who was stuffed and exhibited with wild animals; explores the rise of scientific collecting and classification and, parallel to it, the explosion of collecting as the private passion of hundreds of thousands; and introduces Robert Opie, whose collection of half a million items of household packaging now fills his home in London and two overloaded warehouses in Gloucestershire besides." "Out of this glittering diversity of material Blom distils the themes underlying this seemingly elusive pursuit: conquest and possession, and the awareness of our own mortality."--Jacket.

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