The acquisition of objects is close to the heart of what it is to be human. In the world of the collector this acquisition is divorced from utility, becoming its own, endlessly varied justification. Philipp Blom examines the various causes and forms of the collecting impulse, from the joy of identifying and satisfying a need to possess, to the creation of comforting taxonomies.
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Philipp Blom has written two novels and is a widely published journalist. He has worked as an historian and a book editor.
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Book Description Penguin, London 2003, 2003. 20.0 x 12.5cms, 274pp b/w illusts, very good paperback & cover (Unread? but tanning paper) This book offers a tour of medieval and modern collectors and their treasures. They are eccentrics, visionaries and fanatics with all-consuming passions. Bookseller Inventory # 139994
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