Cabinets of Curiosities
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By Patrick Mauriès
This book traces the 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 Ole Wurm and the polymath Athanasius Kircher, to the 17th- and 18th-century scientists Elias Ashmole and Levinas Vincent.
Thames and Hudson, 2002, hardcover, 255 pages.