"Collecting Nature" by Clive Aslet and Svante Helmbaek Tiren
A glorious compendium of flora, shells, and rare insects from the golden age of curiosities.
This stupendously-produced volume takes as its starting point the famous Timm Collection at Engelsberg Ironworks in Sweden, created by Gabriel Casper Timm and his son Paul August in the 19th century. Throughout their lives, father and son were devoted to collecting plants, insects, minerals and other natural treasures across Scandinavia, which they preserved in beautiful Cabinets of Curiousity.
Drawing on a range of historical materials, "Collecting Nature" places the Timm Collection in a larger dialogue with other collectors, thinkers and scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries, showing how the world of ideas has developed and continues to influence us today.
Hardcover, 166 pages