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Collecting the world : the life and curiosity of Hans Sloane

Delbourgo, James, 1972-2018
Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was the greatest collector of his time. Born in the north of Ireland, Sloane made his fortune as a physician to London's wealthiest residents and through investment in land and slavery. He became one of the eighteenth century's preeminent natural historians and assembled an astonishing collection of specimens, artefacts and oddities - the most famous curiosity cabinet of the age. Shortly after his death, Sloane's vast collection was acquired - as he had hoped - by the nation. It became the nucleus of the world's first national public museum, the British Museum, which opened in 1759. This is the first biography of Sloane in over sixty years and the first based on his surviving collections. Early modern science and collecting are shown to be global endeavours intertwined with imperial enterprise and slavery but which nonetheless gave rise to one of the great public institutions of the Enlightenment, as the cabinet of curiosities gave way to the encyclopaedic museum. 'Collecting the world' describes this pivotal moment in the emergence of modern knowledge, and brings this totemic figure back to life.
[London] : Penguin Books, 2018.
xxxi, 503 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 20 cm.
Originally published: Allen Lane, 2017.Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-471) and index.
Introduction: The original Sloane ranger -- Part one: 1. Empire of curiosities 2.Transplantation 3. Island of curiosities 3. Keeping the species from being lost -- Part two: Assembling the world 4. Becoming Hans Sloane 5. The world comes to Bloomsbury 6. Putting the world in order 7. Creating the public's museum.
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LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Biography069.5 SLOAvailable
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