Collecting the World

The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane

Author: James Delbourgo

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0718194446

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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Hans Sloane was a young doctor from Northern Ireland who made his way in London and eventually become physician to the king and much of London society. In his youth he made a defining visit to Jamaica, where he began collecting 'curiosities' of all kinds. He eventually became the centre of a worldwide network which allowed him to assemble the collections which became the core of the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the British Library. This is the first major biography of Sloane in 60 years. It explores not just the impact of an extraordinary man, but allows us a window onto the moment when the meaning of collections and collecting changed.

Curious Encounters

Voyaging, Collecting, and Making Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century

Author: Adriana Craciun,Mary Terrall

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1487503679

Category: Civilization, Modern

Page: 256

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Curious Encounters uncovers a rich history of global voyaging, collecting, and scientific exploration in the long eighteenth century. Voyagers from Greenland to the Ottoman empire crossed paths with French, British, Polynesian, and Spanish travelers across the world, trading objects and knowledge for diverse ends.

Collecting the Past

British Collectors and their Collections from the 18th to the 20th Centuries

Author: Toby Burrows,Cynthia Johnston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351208543

Category: Art

Page: 160

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Today’s libraries and museums are heavily indebted to the passions and obsessions of numerous individual collectors who devoted their lives to amassing collections of books, manuscripts, artworks, and other culturally significant objects. Collecting the Past brings together the latest research on a wide range of significant British collectors from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, including Hans Sloane, Sarah Sophia Banks, Thomas Phillipps, Sydney Cockerell, J. P. Morgan Jnr., Alfred Chester Beatty and R. E. Hart. Contributors to the volume examine the phenomenon of collecting in a variety of settings and across a range of different materials. Considering the aims and motives that led these collectors to assemble such remarkable collections, the book also examines the history of these collections after the collector’s death. Particular attention is given to the often complicated relationship between collectors and the public institutions that subsequently came to house their collections. Situated within the framework of cultural collecting more generally, this book offers an authoritative series of essays on key collectors. Collecting the Past should be most interesting to researchers, academics and postgraduate students engaged in the study of museum studies, book history, manuscript studies, museum history, library history and the history of collecting. Professionals in libraries, museums and galleries will also find the volume of great interest.


A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry

Author: Barbara M. Benedict

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226042640

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 321

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In this striking social history, Barbara M. Benedict draws on the texts of the early modern period to discover the era's attitudes toward curiosity, a trait we learn was often depicted as an unsavory form of transgression or cultural ambition.