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Collecting : An Everyday Passion : Psychological Perspectives

Werner Muensterberger

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ISBN 10: 0691033617 / ISBN 13: 9780691033617
Published by Princeton University Press, 1994
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Title: Collecting : An Everyday Passion : ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: HRD

Book Condition:As New

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From rare books, valuable sculpture and paintings, the relics of saints, porcelain and other objets d'art, to stamps, textiles, military ribbons and shells, an amazing variety of objects have engaged and even obsessed collectors through the ages. This is a psychological examination of the emotional sources of the never-ending longing for yet another collectible. The author discusses the eccentricities of heads of state, literary figures, artists and psychoanalytic patients, all possessed by a need for relief from despair and helplessness. The central part of the work explores in detail the personal circumstances and life history of three individuals: a contemporary collector, Martin G., the celebrated British book and manuscript collector Sir Thomas Phillipps, who wanted one copy of every book in the world, and the great French novelist Honore de Balzac, a compulsive collector of bric-a-brac.


"What compels some people to buy the same object, albeit in different versions, over and over again? ... To find out why collectors lift their auction paddles long past sanity ... read Collecting: An Unruly Passion." --Art and Antiques

"As a study of the phenomenon of private collecting, Werner Muensterberger's book, based on wide reading and personal acquaintance with many collectors, rings true." --The New York Review of Books

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