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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
A brief and entertaining history of the collecting mania from ancient times
reveals both famous and near-forgotten collections of the past. The main part
of the book looks at current collections by private collectors, split into four
main categories of Grand Old Traditional, Natural History, Curiosities and
Eccentricities, and Avant-Garde Art & Chic. Collectors from around the world
are featured, including Hunt Slonem in New York, Ernst von Loesch in Berlin,
and Robert Opie in the UK, with collections ranging from skulls and butterflies
to farm machinery and modern art.