Cabinets of Curiosities


‘Weird and wonderful … like a catalogue for the repository of the most freakish flights of scientific imagination’ The Times


ISBN: 9780500022887 Category:

Patrick Mauriès


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.

Additional information

Weight 1252 g
Dimensions 19.1 x 26.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 18 July 2019
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.1 x 26.1 cm
Weight 1252 g


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