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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 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.

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.

Cabinet Of Curiosities

Author : Colleen Josephine Sheehy
ISBN : 1452908931
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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.

The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide To Eccentric Discredited Diseases

Author : Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN : 9781447276425
Genre : Fiction
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This humorous collection includes work by Neil Gaiman, China Miéville and many other talented authors. Marvellously entertaining dip-in spoof guide to exotic fictional illnesses and afflictions. Fifty-eight authors contributed, including the editors, with work by Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore and Rachel Pollack among many others. This must be the most extraordinary and complete guide to imaginary ailments ever assembled - with each 'disease' carefully documented by the most stellar collection of speculative fiction writers ever to play doctor. Detailed within for your reading and diagnostic pleasure are the frightening, ridiculous, and downright absurdly hilarious symptoms, histories, and possible cures to all the ills human flesh doesn't suffer, including Ballistic Organ Disease and Reverse Pinocchio Syndrome. The guide is also illustrated throughout with curious and humorously unenlightening sketches.

Wonders And The Order Of Nature 1150 1750

Author : Lorraine Daston
ISBN : UCSC:32106017093144
Genre : Science
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The authors explore the ways in which European naturalists, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, used oddities and marvels to envision and explain the world.

Mr Wilson S Cabinet Of Wonder

Author : Lawrence Weschler
ISBN : 0679439986
Genre : Social Science
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The author takes readers on a tour of his personal museum of natural oddities and optical illusions as he explores the imaginative origins of art and science

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