The Origins of Museums : The Cabinet of Curiosities in Sixteenth-and-Seventeenth-Century Europe, Hardback Book

The Origins of Museums : The Cabinet of Curiosities in Sixteenth-and-Seventeenth-Century Europe Hardback

Edited by Oliver Impey, Arthur MacGregor

Description

History Today carried a feature in 2015, describing The Origin of Museums as "a cult book [that] spawned a new discipline in the history of collecting".

Indeed, the first publication of this book in 1985 undoubtedly marked a propitious moment in the development of interest, in what has since grown to be a dynamic subject-area in its own right. That an appetite for such matters was already there is confirmed by the fact that the first impression sold out within a few months, a second impression a year or two later, and the third in 1989.

There was to be no further printing by the original publishers, Oxford University Press.

However in 2001 a new edition appeared with a new publisher.

Demand again proved buoyant, but within a few months the company failed; having operated on a print-on-demand basis, it left behind it no unsold stock.

The Origins of Museums reverted to a scarce (though much sought-after) volume.

With original copies now selling for hundreds, if not thousands of pounds, the Ashmolean is proud to make this important volume readily available again.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 78 colour, 30 b&w
  • Publisher: Ashmolean Museum
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Museums & museology
  • ISBN: 9781910807194

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