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Patrick Mauries
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Cabinets of Curiosities

Patrick Mauries


Thames & Hudson

Mathematics & Sciences;
Antiques & collectables


256 pages

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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 a compact edition, 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.

By:   Patrick Mauries
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 255mm,  Width: 188mm, 
Weight:   1.260kg
ISBN:   9780500022887
ISBN 10:   0500022887
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Patrick Mauriees is a Paris-based writer of many notable titles on fashion and design. Among his previous books are Maison Goossens: Haute Couture Jewelry, Jewelry by Chanel, and Androgyne, all published by Thames & Hudson.

'Awesome ... a splendid memento mori' - Irish Times 'One of the most beautiful art books you will ever see' - World of Interiors 'Splendid' - Times Literary Supplement 'Mauries' book's splendiferous illustrations, some of which fold out to disclose shocks within, alternate the delightful and the disturbing' ' - Guardian 'Captivating ... just to read about the chaos of the cabinets, let alone look at the many beautiful images selected by Mauries, is dizzying ... Mauries offers the kind of historical unity of which the early collectors, with their wonderful curiosity and lust for affinity, would have been proud' - The Times Higher Education Supplement

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