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Edited By: Marco Beretta
272 pages, Illus
In his excellent preface, Beretta discusses the idea that the emergence of natural history as an independent discipline `was closely connected to the possession and domination of nature, rather than its contemplation'... Thus it was the passion for collecting natural-history artefacts from the Renaissance to the end of the eighteenth century that drove the establishment of the discipline ... From a natural historian's viewpoint, these papers are far removed from the more familiar accounts of how collections, collectors and specimens contributed to our knowledge of the natural world, as they also address the largely unexplored subject of how the collections affected their collectors ... well produced with many relevant illustrations. -Nature
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