Cabinets of Curiosities

Cabinets of Curiosities

By (author) Patrick Mauries


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All knowledge, the cosmos arranged on shelves, in cupboards, or hanging from the ceiling, 'infinite riches in a little room' such were the cabinets of curiosities of the 17th century. This survey, now available in "PLC", traces the amazing history of cabinets of curiosities, from their first appearance in the inventories and engravings commissioned by Renaissance nobles such as the Medici or the Hapsburgs, via those of the Dane Ole Wurm and the Italian polymath Athanasius Kircher, to the serious 17th- and 18th-century scientists Elias Ashmole and Levinas Vincent.

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 232 x 308 x 30mm | 1,800.75g
  • 01 Oct 2011
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 272 illustrations, 139 in colour
  • 0500515948
  • 9780500515945
  • 103,197

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[This book] is an entertaining read with hundreds of images of both the collectibles and the elaborate presentations fashioned for them during the great age of collecting. "

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