“A Goodly, Huge Cabinet”: Books About Cabinets of Curiosities and Early Museums

URL: http://specialcollections.library.wisc.edu/podcasts/Cabinets1/index.html

"Francis Bacon’s plan for the increase of human knowledge encompassed artifact and book, museum and library, and called for “a goodly, huge cabinet” filled with treasures real and artificial. This slideshow (in four parts, rich in images and drawing upon the holdings of the Department of Special Collection) highlights books as printed museums. Indeed, the texts and images included constitute all we know of some early museums and cabinets of curiosities, since the contents of many such collections have long since been dispersed. A title list with full bibliographical details is also available."

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