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Cabinet Of Curiosities

Author : Gordon Grice
ISBN : 9780761189374
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Exactly the book for every young explorer who loves finding stuff in nature and bringing it home. Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the wonders of natural history and the joys of being an amateur scientist and collector. Nature writer Gordon Grice, who started his first cabinet of curiosities at age six when he found a skunk’s skull, explains how scientists classify all living things through the Linnaeus system; how to tell real gold from fool’s gold; how to preserve butterflies, crab shells, feathers, a robin’s egg, spider specimens, and honeycombs; how to identify seashells; the difference between antlers and horns; how to read animal tracks. And then, what to do with your specimens, including how to build a cabinet of curiosities out of common household objects, like a desk organizer or a box for fishing tackle.

A Cabinet Of Roman Curiosities

Author : J. C. McKeown
ISBN : 0199752788
Genre : History
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Here is a whimsical and captivating collection of odd facts, strange beliefs, outlandish opinions, and other highly amusing trivia of the ancient Romans. We tend to think of the Romans as a pragmatic people with a ruthlessly efficient army, an exemplary legal system, and a precise and elegant language. A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities shows that the Romans were equally capable of bizarre superstitions, logic-defying customs, and often hilariously derisive views of their fellow Romans and non-Romans. Classicist J. C. McKeown has organized the entries in this entertaining volume around major themes--The Army, Women, Religion and Superstition, Family Life, Medicine, Slaves, Spectacles--allowing for quick browsing or more deliberate consumption. Among the book's many gems are: ? Romans on urban living: The satirist Juvenal lists "fires, falling buildings, and poets reciting in August as hazards to life in Rome." ? On enhanced interrogation: "If we are obliged to take evidence from an arena-fighter or some other such person, his testimony is not to be believed unless given under torture." (Justinian) ? On dreams: Dreaming of eating books "foretells advantage to teachers, lecturers, and anyone who earns his livelihood from books, but for everyone else it means sudden death" ? On food: "When people unwittingly eat human flesh, served by unscrupulous restaurant owners and other such people, the similarity to pork is often noted." (Galen) ? On marriage: In ancient Rome a marriage could be arranged even when the parties were absent, so long as they knew of the arrangement, "or agreed to it subsequently." ? On health care: Pliny caustically described medical bills as a "down payment on death," and Martial quipped that "Diaulus used to be a doctor, now he's a mortician. He does as a mortician what he did as a doctor." For anyone seeking an inglorious glimpse at the underside of the greatest empire in history, A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities offers endless delights.

Cabinets Of Wonder

Author : Christine Davenne
ISBN : 1419705547
Genre : Design
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Translation of Cabinets de curiositaes, published in Paris by Martiniaere in 2011.

The Thackery T Lambshead Cabinet Of Curiosities

Author : Ann VanderMeer
ISBN : 0062116835
Genre : Fiction
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For lovers of Steampunk, Dark Fantasy, and Eccentric Contraptions! After the death of Dr. Lambshead, an astonishing cabinet of curiosities was unearthed at his house. Many of these artifacts and wonders related to anecdotes and stories in the doctor's personal journals, or the adventures of his friends. We are now proud to present highlights from the doctor's cabinet, reconstructed not only through visual representations but also through exciting stories of intrigue and adventure. Rumors that Dr. Lambshead never existed are scurrilous and should be ignored!

Cabinets Of Curiosities

Author : Patrick Mauriès
ISBN : 0500510911
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Looking back in time to the remarkable collections formed by the early museum creators and full of enticing plates, Patrick Mauriès's study explains how the modern museum came to be.

The Wonder Garden

Author : Jenny Broom
ISBN : 9781847807038
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Open the gates of the Wonder Garden to explore five of Earth's most extraordinary habitats, each filled with incredible creatures and epic scenery. Trek through the Amazon Rainforest, travel to the Chihuahuan Desert, dive in the Great Barrier Reef, delve deep into the Black Forest and stand on the roof of the world - the Himalayan Mountains - to see nature at its wildest. Breathtaking, engraved illustrations bring to life Earth's spectacular Wonder Garden.

The Red Hourglass

Author : Gordon Grice
ISBN : 9780307568144
Genre : Nature
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Snake venom that digests human flesh. A building cleared of every living thing by a band of tiny spiders. An infant insect eating its living prey from within, saving the vital organs for last. These are among the deadly feats of natural engineering you'll witness in The Red Hourglass, prize-winning author Gordon Grice's masterful, poetic, often dryly funny exploration of predators he has encountered around his rural Oklahoma home. Grice is a witty and intrepid guide through a world where mating ends in cannibalism, where killers possess toxins so lethal as to defy our ideas of a benevolent God, where spider remains, scattered like "the cast-off coats of untidy children," tell a quiet story of violent self-extermination. It's a world you'll recognize despite its exotic strangeness--the world in which we live. Unabashedly stepping into the mix, Grice abandons his role as objective observer with beguiling dark humor--collecting spiders and other vermin, decorating a tarantula's terrarium with dollhouse furniture, or forcing a battle between captive insects because he deems one "too stupid to live." Kill. Eat. Mate. Die. Charting the simple brutality of the lives of these predators, Grice's starkly graceful essays guide us toward startling truths about our own predatory nature. The Red Hourglass brings us face to fanged face with the inadequacy of our distinctions between normal and abnormal, dead and alive, innocent and evil. From the Hardcover edition.

The Origins Of Museums

Author : Oliver Impey
ISBN : 071412737X
Genre : Collectors and collecting
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A comprehensive account of an extraordinary phenomenon which developed in 16th- and 17th-century Europe - the cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkammer - in which are to be found the beginnings of museums as we know them. Cabinets reflected all the intellectual curiosity of the age.

Home Style By City

Author : Ida Magntorn
ISBN : 9781452145013
Genre : Architecture
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Home Style by City captures the essence of five design-forward cities and showcases beautiful homes from each that reflect the local style. Part city tour, featuring lush cityscapes, must-visit flea markets, and bits of colorful history, and part design resource, helping to bring the looks into your own home, this refreshing décor book will inspire you to re-create an ornate Parisian apartment, a cool New York loft, or an effortless Scandinavian flat.

Collecting

Author : Werner Muensterberger
ISBN : 0156002531
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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In a book that the New York Times called “engaging...dramatic,” Werner Muensterberger plumbs the psychology behind the act of collecting, profiling individual collectors and their habits and looking at the cultural and historical patterns of collecting.

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