Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599–1899 (Paperback)

Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599–1899 By Florence Fearrington, Mark D. Tomasko (Contributions by) Cover Image

Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599–1899 (Paperback)

By Florence Fearrington, Mark D. Tomasko (Contributions by)

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Signs of their creators’ status, wealth, and intellect, Wunderkammers (Cabinets of Curiosities) were special rooms or cabinets containing conglomerations of items, including paintings and drawings; plant specimens; animals (including monstrosities); shells and coral; fossils; coins and medals; ancient sculpture and tools (hopefully antique); gold and silver art objects, automata, and items of ethnographical interest from the New World, Africa, and East Asia—you name it! The proud owners of Wunderkammers sometimes published elaborate illustrated catalogues to document their collections. Rooms of Wonder showcases dozens of the rarest and most important of these books, drawn from the private library of curator Florence Fearrington, as well as from collections at Harvard’s Houghton Library, the Getty Research Institute Library, and the Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University. Also represented are tourists’ accounts of Wunderkammers, broadsides advertising traveling exhibitions, auction sale catalogues, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century advertisements for and tickets of admission to commercial ventures put together by such showmen as P. T. Barnum. Published in support of the 2012–13 Grolier Club exhibition, this catalogue takes readers on a tour of these remarkable rooms.
Florence Fearrington is a financial consultant and rare book collector.
Product Details ISBN: 9781605830438
ISBN-10: 1605830437
Publisher: The Grolier Club
Publication Date: June 19th, 2022
Pages: 124
Rooms of Wonder brings together the most important printed and graphic records of these proto-museums."
— Artfix Daily