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To Have & to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors & Collecting
Philipp Blom (au). Takes us from the Renaissance cabinets of curiosities, which were filled with marvels such as dried dragons & unicorn horns, up to the present day. Blom peppers his historical account with well-chosen stories, often emphasizing the morbid or hysterical aspects of the collector’s passion. Every collected object, be it a matchbook or a martyr’s fingernail, carries a meaning that transcends the object itself; it is a totem. Out of this glittering diversity of material, Blom stills the themes underlying this elusive passion: conquest & possession, chaos & memory, a void to be filled, & the awareness of our own mortality. What emerges is the story of the collector as bridegroom, obsessively happy, wed to his possession, “till death do us part.” Illustrated.
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