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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.

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.

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.

The Cobbe Cabinet Of Curiosities

Author : Arthur MacGregor
ISBN : 0300204353
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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This beautiful book reveals the fascinating history of the cabinet of curiosities belonging to the Cobbe family, who created it around 1750 at Newbridge House (Co. Dublin) and developed it over the following century. Now housed at Hatchlands Park, Surrey, it has changed so little since 1850 that it offers a time-capsule - virtually unique in its survival - of a private cabinet from the period of the Enlightenment, a type of collection that would once have been common in country houses throughout Britain but which has been all but lost to view. The enormous range of surviving objects and specimens (including ethnographic and other man-made specimens, antiquities, natural history, geology) is illustrated by specially commissioned photographs of the collection and has been catalogued by scholars in the respective fields who discuss also the place of the cabinet of curiosities in Enlightenment society, the history of the Cobbe family and the impact of its members on the nature and extent of the cabinet, as well as the uniquely surviving display cabinets constructed in the 1780s, in which the collection continues to be displayed.

Wonders Are Collectible

Author : Jeroen Lemaitre
ISBN : 9401434654
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* Weird and wonderful overview of the fine art of taxidermy* From Animaux Speciaux Belgian artist, Jeroen LemaitreAren't we all rendered speechless by the ultimate beauty that nature has to offer? Don't we all want to capture it and indulge in these images forever? To capture animals in all their glory in such a way that it shows every flamboyant, scintillating detail is a delicate art. This book gives an overview of the history, the myths and the symbolism, the process, the most wonderful collections and interiors, decorated as true Wunderkammers, and the craftsmen and artists from past and present who elevated taxidermy to fine art.

Insectopedia

Author : Hugh Raffles
ISBN : 9780307379726
Genre : Nature
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A New York Times Notable Book A stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we share the world. For as long as humans have existed, insects have been our constant companions. Yet we hardly know them, not even the ones we’re closest to: those that eat our food, share our beds, and live in our homes. Organizing his book alphabetically, Hugh Raffles weaves together brief vignettes, meditations, and extended essays, taking the reader on a mesmerizing exploration of history and science, anthropology and travel, economics, philosophy, and popular culture. Insectopedia shows us how insects have triggered our obsessions, stirred our passions, and beguiled our imaginations. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Butterfly People

Author : William R. Leach
ISBN : 9780307907875
Genre : History
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With 32 pages of full-color inserts and black-and-white illustrations throughout. From one of our most highly regarded historians, here is an original and engrossing chronicle of nineteenth-century America’s infatuation with butterflies, and the story of the naturalists who unveiled the mysteries of their existence. A product of William Leach’s lifelong love of butterflies, this engaging and elegantly illustrated history shows how Americans from all walks of life passionately pursued butterflies, and how through their discoveries and observations they transformed the character of natural history. Leach focuses on the correspondence and scientific writings of half a dozen pioneering lepidopterists who traveled across the country and throughout the world, collecting and studying unknown and exotic species. In a book as full of life as the subjects themselves and foregrounding a collecting culture now on the brink of vanishing, Leach reveals how the beauty of butterflies led Americans into a deeper understanding of the natural world. He shows, too, that the country’s enthusiasm for butterflies occurred at the very moment that another form of beauty—the technological and industrial objects being displayed at world’s fairs and commercial shows—was emerging, and that Americans’ attraction to this new beauty would eventually, and at great cost, take precedence over nature in general and butterflies in particular.

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.

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