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A history of the human drive to collect things considers how various objects carry meanings of significance to their collectors, tracing popular items of pursuit during the Renaissance and other eras while discussing the themes underlying collecting behaviors. 10,000 first printing.
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Blom makes for a macabre, if knowledgeable guide, as he takes us from the Renaissance cabinets of curiosities...up to present day. -- The Independent Magazine
Blom's text delights in extremists and obsessives, men who would cheat, steal, kill or marry to feed or finance their habit. -- The Guardian
He makes you rethink yourself in a civilised style, if not comfortably unsettle your view of the world. -- Spectator
I read Blom's largely anecdotal survey with the morbid fascination that a hypochrondriac brings to a medical handbook. -- The Guardian
‘A beautifully written, fascinating, amusing, astonishing account, which illuminates the strangeness of the human mind and the wonder of the world’ -- A. C. Grayling, Financial Times
‘A marvellous book ... crammed nearly to bursting with arcane facts and descriptions of bizarre, exquisite objects’ -- Jerome Boyd Maunsell, Evening Standard
‘Astonishing ... a positive rogues’ gallery ... relishing the dramas, oddities and moments of high comedy’ -- Jenny Uglow, The Times Literary Supplement
‘Brilliant in the most exact sense, it gives off constant rays of illumination’ -- Bevis Hillier, Literary Review
‘Glorious ... sparkling, discursive and eclectic’ -- Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday
Philipp Blom was born in Hamburg in 1970. After studying in Vienna and Oxford, he worked in publishing as a journalist and translator in London and Paris.
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