ROOMS OF WONDER: FROM WUNDERKAMMER TO MUSEUM, 1599-1899.
An exhibition at the Grolier Club, 5 December 2012-2 February 2013. Curated by Florence Fearrington.
- New York: The Grolier Club, 2012.
- 6 x 9 inches
- 126 pages
- ISBN 9781605830438 / Order Nr. 115644
- Price: $25.00 other currencies
First edition, second printing with some corrections. The German term "Wunderkammer" refers to a room full of wondrous things, objects noteworthy for their beauty, or their rarity, or their curious nature, or their artistic, scholarly, or monetary value. Wunderkammers originated as private collections in the 16th century, and proliferated throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, but began to decline when a more systematic approach to the accumulation of natural and man-made objects gave rise to our modern museums of art, culture, and natural history. Published to accompany the exhibition "Rooms of Wonder: from Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599-1899," the book focuses on the beautiful and elaborately illustrated catalogues produced by collectors over three hundred years to celebrate their "cabinets of curiosities."
Introduction by Florence Fearrington, followed by detailed descriptions for the nearly 140 items on show, most drawn from a private collection, with additional loans from the American Antiquarian Society, the Getty Research Institute Library, and Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities. Includes index. Minion, Requiem, and Augustea Open types; designed by Jerry Kelly.