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Elihu Yale

Scarisbrick, Diana; Zucker, Benjamin

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ISBN 10: 0500517266 / ISBN 13: 9780500517260
Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd
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Rare is the man with the force of character, powers of leadership, and variety of cultural, scientific and spiritual interests of Elihu Yale (1649-1721). This book explores Elihu Yale's life in the society of Madras and London, and his interests, including musical and scientific instruments and books, and then turns to a study of Yale. Num Pages: 288 pages, 140 illustrations, 120 in colour. BIC Classification: 3JD; 3JF; BGB; BGH. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 170 x 234 x 34. Weight in Grams: 944. . 2014. 1st Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780500517260

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Title: Elihu Yale

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Original research sheds light on the fascinating biography of one of Yale University’s early supporters

Elihu Yale's name is famous for the great educational institution, Yale University, of which he was an early benefactor. He made his fortune in India, mostly through trading in diamonds. Arriving in Madras in 1672, through his outstanding abilities he rose through the hierarchy of the East India Company settlement from clerk to governor. When he returned to London in 1699 he brought with him Indian gems, furniture, and textiles, and proceeded to amass a collection of some ten thousand items, dispersed at seven auction sales after his death in 1721. The catalogs of these sales survive, providing information about the lively London art market. Hitherto neglected by historians, the Yale sales prove to be a landmark in the history both of collecting and of auctioning art in early 18th-century England.

The authors explore Elihu Yale’s life and interests, and then turn to a study of Yale as a dealer (particularly of gems) and a collector of diamonds and jewelry, works of art, furniture, books, and other objects―some of which are now at Yale University, and some in national collections around Britain.  

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Diana Scarisbrick is a historian specializing in jewelry and engraved gems. Her previous books include Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty and Portrait Jewels: Opulence and Intimacy from the Medici to the Romanovs. She is a Research Associate at the Beazley Archive, Oxford, and recently collaborated with Sir John Boardman on The Marlborough Gems.

Benjamin Zucker, a graduate of Yale University, is one of the world’s leading gem dealers, based in New York.

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