To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold

An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting

Book - 2003
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Blom's gripping narration and bizarre cast ofeccentrics, visionaries, and fanatics provide a fascinating glimpse into how apastime becomes an all-consuming passion.
From amassing sacred relics to collecting celebrity memorabilia, the impulse to hoard has gripped humankind throughout the centuries. But what is it that drives people to possess objects that have no conceivable use? To Have and To Hold is a captivating tour of collectors and their treasures from medieval times to the present, from a cabinet containing unicorn horns and a Tsar's collection of teeth to the macabre art of embalmer Dr. Frederick Ruysch, the fabled castle of William Randolph Hearst, and the truly preoccupied men who stockpile food wrappers and plastic cups. An engrossing story of the collector as bridegroom, deliriously, obsessively happy, wed to his possessions, till death do us part.

Baker & Taylor
A history of the human drive to collect things considers how various objects carry meanings of significance to their collectors, tracing popular items of pursuit during the Renaissance and other eras while discussing the themes underlying collecting behaviors. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Overlook Pr., 2003
ISBN: 9781585675616
Branch Call Number: 790.1 BLO
Characteristics: xiv, 273 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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May 03, 2014

A brilliant and fairly thorough history of collecting. Not only is the content fascinating and exhaustingly researched, but the writing itself is a pleasure.


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