The Resource Collecting the world : Hans Sloane and the origins of the British Museum, James Delbourgo

Collecting the world : Hans Sloane and the origins of the British Museum, James Delbourgo

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Collecting the world : Hans Sloane and the origins of the British Museum
Title
Collecting the world
Title remainder
Hans Sloane and the origins of the British Museum
Statement of responsibility
James Delbourgo
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1759 the British Museum opened its doors to the general public--the first free national museum in the world. James Delbourgo's biography of Hans Sloane recounts the story behind its creation, told through the life of a figure with an insatiable ambition to pit universal knowledge against superstition and the means to realize his dream. Born in northern Ireland in 1660, Sloane amassed a fortune as a London society physician, becoming a member of the Whig establishment and president of the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians. His wealth and contacts enabled him to assemble an encyclopedic collection of specimens and objects--the most famous cabinet of curiosities of its time. For Sloane, however, collecting a world of objects meant collecting a world of people, including slaves. His marriage to the heir of sugar plantations in Jamaica gave Sloane access to the experiences of planters and the folkways of their human property. With few curbs on his passion for collecting, he established a network of agents to supply artifacts from China, India, North America, the Caribbean, and beyond. Wampum beads, rare manuscripts, a shoe made from human skin--nothing was off limits to Sloane's imagination. This splendidly illustrated volume offers a new perspective on the entanglements of global scientific discovery with imperialism in the eighteenth century. The first biography of Sloane based on the full range of his writings and collections, Collecting the World tells the rich and complex story of one of the Enlightenment's most controversial luminaries.--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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MH/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Delbourgo, James
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
AM401.S58
LC item number
D45 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sloane, Hans
  • British Museum
  • Sloane, Hans
  • British Museum
  • Sloane, Hans
  • Physicians
  • Cabinets of curiosities
  • Cabinets of curiosities
  • Physicians
  • England
  • 20.11 art collecting
Label
Collecting the world : Hans Sloane and the origins of the British Museum, James Delbourgo
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom as Collecting the World: The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane in 2017 by Penguin Books Ltd., London"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The original Sloane Ranger -- Part One. Empire of curiosities. Transplantation ; Island of curiosities ; Keeping the species from being lost -- Part Two. Assembling the world. Becoming Hans Sloane ; The world comes to Bloomsbury ; Putting the world in order ; Creating the public's museum
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxi, 504 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674737334
Lccn
2017029550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
Stock number
99976627557
System control number
  • (OCoLC)972387214
  • (OCoLC)ocn972387214
Label
Collecting the world : Hans Sloane and the origins of the British Museum, James Delbourgo
Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom as Collecting the World: The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane in 2017 by Penguin Books Ltd., London"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The original Sloane Ranger -- Part One. Empire of curiosities. Transplantation ; Island of curiosities ; Keeping the species from being lost -- Part Two. Assembling the world. Becoming Hans Sloane ; The world comes to Bloomsbury ; Putting the world in order ; Creating the public's museum
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxi, 504 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674737334
Lccn
2017029550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
Stock number
99976627557
System control number
  • (OCoLC)972387214
  • (OCoLC)ocn972387214

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