Monday, May 9, 2011

Victorian Collection Curio cabinets; Book review - The Independent

Magpies, Squirrels and Thieves: How the Victorians Collected the World, By Jacqueline Yallop - Reviews, Books - The Independent:
Magpies, Squirrels and Thieves
"Many [museum holdings] were acquired during the Victorian era, when pioneering collectors of all kinds would spend decades obsessively pursuing everything from samurai swords to dinosaur bones. In this scholarly yet diverting account, Yallop delves into the 19th-century craze by scrutinising the careers of five wildly different collectors."

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