Present-day museums are almost as diverse in character as the collections that they contain, yet all are united by a historical thread leading back to a common origin in collections of "curiousities" in 16th and 17th-century Europe. In this unique, thorough account of the history of collecting, 35 noted authors discuss museums and their methods and sources of acquisitions, and the principles they used in cataloguing, publishing, and display.
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The late Oliver Impey and Arthur Macgregor were both Assistant Keepers at the Ashmolean Museum, and both were involved with the Journal of the History of Collections.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Published by Oxford University Press in 1986, this is the 2nd (uber rare) hardback printing of THE ORIGINS OF MUSEUMS:The Cabinet of Curiosities in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Europe edited by Oliver Impey and Arthur MacGregor. 335 pages plus plates, this extremely rare book is in very good condition. The dust jacket is very good also. Bookseller Inventory # 3074