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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419705547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419705540
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christine Davenne is a lecturer in fine arts at the IUFM d’Aquitaine and is the author of the book Modernité du cabinet de curiosités. Christine Fleurent photographs regularly for women’s magazines and advertising and has contributed to numerous books, including La Cuisine des parfums and La Maison de Chocolat.

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Very unique and interesting book.
In my humble opinion...
I love this book I love the macabre so this book fits perfectly in my collection.
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The book is printed with clean photography and nice book paper.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gingerbreadforest on April 22, 2013
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It is hard to know where to start with this book - it is filled with every mystery and treasure you can imagine. This book describes Cabinets of Wonder, and this book is a wonder itself. You can truly be transported whether reading about historical or modern wunderkammers, or just flipping through the pages to admire the magical collections within.

This book begins by examining the historic origins of the collections that comprise a wonder cabinet as we know it today. As documented, the collections are dictated by the collecting whims of the assembler and may contain anything the collector found fascinating, curious, exotic or desirable. A collection may include natural objects, artwork, souvenirs, scientific instruments, ornaments, specimens, memento mori, musical instruments, medical oddities - any object that inspires curiosity.

This book documents historical collectors and their collections, and some of their motivations for assembling objects into a collection. They are motivated by a desire to understand the world around them, but also by fame, social status and obsession. These people are royalty, scholars, artists, scientists and eccentrics. Their collections and the labor it took to construct them make for fascinating reading. The book also explains how the curiosity cabinets evolved into museums as we know them today .

This book also does a thorough job of reporting on modern day wonder cabinets and their place in contemporary art. I have purchased a few books about wonder cabinets recently hoping that they would include modern examples, but this is the only book to do so, and I was delighted by what was included.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pannita on July 4, 2013
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The book is actually bigger than i thought it would be! It came with A4 size and hard-binded red cover, very beautifully printed. At first, I was thinking about check it out and return it if i don’t like but i instead added it to my collection! Apart from photos of oddities, it also explains history of this tradition and types of objects collected. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By evelyn on March 19, 2013
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if you like skulls and displays of nature, you'll like this. it's like visiting a museum or some quirky friend's giant collection of natural curiosities and oddities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By In my humble opinion... on March 12, 2013
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Very unique and interesting book. I'm enjoying it a lot. Great for your coffee table or as a gift for someone who appreciates oddities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erika Harada on January 20, 2013
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A wonderfully designed book full of gorgeous photos of curiosity cabinets and art inspired by them. As a modern-day collector, it inspired me quite a bit and I can see myself going back to it as an important reference.
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Wonderful contextualization of the tradition and history of Wonder Cabinets, and their relationship to our concept of museums. The work overall seemed somewhat rambling and, in my opinion, could have used a bit better organization (especially in putting the illustrations near what the author is talking about), but it is still well worth the read and the journey on which it takes you. Whether you are just looking for an interesting, copiously illustrated coffee-table book, or are serious about the history of our musing collections I highly recommend this book. I do wish it had finished a bit stronger with how the wonder cabinet tradition is continuing in modern art - it did mention this, but in an offhand way that was more comment than commentary.

And a note about the binding and covering - it is more fragile than other books, so take care with rough handling (some kind of paper that easily scratches, tears, scuffs, etc.).
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This is a very high quality book that looks amazing. I bought it as inspiration for a work project, and when it's sitting on my desk everyone wants to flip through it. It's filled with tons of weird, curious images, the book cover itself looks very premium, and the overall design is top notch.
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Bought this for my father and he liked it. He likes macabre collections and antiquities. This nicely bound book has all the pictures of butterflies,skulls,shells and art from all sorts of sources. This book is beautiful and morose depends on your taste.
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