Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum

Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum

by James Delbourgo

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Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum by James Delbourgo

In 1759 the British Museum opened its doors to the public—the first free national museum in the world. James Delbourgo recounts the story behind its creation through the life of Hans Sloane, a controversial luminary with an insatiable ambition to pit universal knowledge against superstition and few curbs on his passion for collecting the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674737334
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 07/31/2017
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 467,309
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

James Delbourgo is Professor of History at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

List of Maps xv

Note on Conventions xvii

Introduction: The Original Sloane Ranger xix

Part 1 Empire of Curiosities

1 Transplantation 3

2 Island of Curiosities 37

3 Keeping the Species from Being Lost 87

Part 2 Assembling the World

4 Becoming Hans Sloane 141

5 The World Comes to Bloomsbury 202

6 Putting the World in Order 258

7 Creating the Public's Museum 303

Acknowledgements 343

Notes 349

Bibliography 425

Index 473

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