To Have And To Hold: An Intimate History Of Collectors and Collecting

To Have And To Hold: An Intimate History Of Collectors and Collecting

Philipp Blom / Feb 16, 2020

To Have And To Hold An Intimate History Of Collectors and Collecting From amassing sacred relics to collecting celebrity memorabilia the impulse to hoard has gripped humankind throughout the centuries But what is it that drives people to possess objects that have no c

  • Title: To Have And To Hold: An Intimate History Of Collectors and Collecting
  • Author: Philipp Blom
  • ISBN: 9781585675616
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • From amassing sacred relics to collecting celebrity memorabilia, the impulse to hoard has gripped humankind throughout the centuries But what is it that drives people to possess objects that have no conceivable use To Have and To Hold is a captivating tour of collectors and their treasures from medieval times to the present, from a cabinet containing unicorn horns and aFrom amassing sacred relics to collecting celebrity memorabilia, the impulse to hoard has gripped humankind throughout the centuries But what is it that drives people to possess objects that have no conceivable use To Have and To Hold is a captivating tour of collectors and their treasures from medieval times to the present, from a cabinet containing unicorn horns and a Tsar s collection of teeth to the macabre art of embalmer Dr Frederick Ruysch, the fabled castle of William Randolph Hearst, and the truly preoccupied men who stockpile food wrappers and plastic cups An engrossing story of the collector as bridegroom, deliriously, obsessively happy, wed to his possessions, till death do us part.

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    About "Philipp Blom"

      • Philipp Blom

        Philipp Blom is a German novelist who currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria He is best known for his novel, The Simmons Papers 1995 His 2007 novel, Luxor has not yet been translated into English He is a professional historian who studied at Vienna and Oxford with a focus on eighteenth century intellectual history His academic works include To Have and to Hold An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting Encyclop die, and The Vertigo Years Change and Culture in the West, 1900 1914 He is also the author of The Wines of Austria.


    810 Comments

    1. An interesting read on how collecting started, at first with the Lordly and wealthy. The first collections were very general - in an age of universal wisdom and corresponding universal illiteracy! These early collections were everything – stones, plants, cadavers, art books… Later collectors became more specialized and in our current age more accessible. In fact everyone becomes a collector and everything collectible by mass production. Children become indoctrinated at an early age to collec [...]


    2. This was a lively and comprehensive look at collecting across time, place, and thing. I was particularly happy about the author's refusal to generalize, illustrating trends in collecting behaviors and attitudes through the accrual of anecdotes rather than resorting to psychological or sociological explanations. This project was aided by the fact that each chapter chose to focus on a particular collector or collection, the contents of which ranged from religious relics to plastic cups. For my own [...]


    3. Dreadful, a really disappointing book - offers such promise & delivers almost nothing at all. Poorly written, pretentious (footnotes all over the place but missing from important & obvious areas), clumsy (no captions for poorly reproduced illustrations, lengthy quotes for no benefit). Could have been great: describing collecting from small/minor to major, exploring the "why" not just the "what". Actually there is some "why" but it's inadequate, superficial. I've given 1 star - probably n [...]


    4. [this originally appeared as an entry titled "A Needle in a Haystack" on my blog,Rampant Biblioholism]I tend to skip around a lot in my reading. Anything that catches my eye is likely to end up on my list, regardless of topic. So I've been thinking about just what it is that's likely to catch my eye. The book To Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting does it just right.Firstly, it's pretty. Just look at it: it's interesting, it's a bit creepy, and it's completly appro [...]


    5. Libro muy interesante que recorre superficialmente la historia del coleccionista en sus diversas facetas, al parecer esta afición llego a su cumbre en el renacimiento y especialmente popular en Holanda, donde eran muy populares los gabinetes de las curiosidades. Hoy los coleccionistas mas populares se entretienen con sellos, monedas, pinturas y otros artículos de valor, pero antaño los coleccionistas querían aquello que era raro e inusual, especialmente hay colecciones de restos humanos inus [...]


    6. This was the best history of collecting that I have yet read, and yes, I have tried to read quite a few. The dry wit and straightforward way of Blom's writing made this a pleasure. Sadly, I left it on the airplane when I was heading home from a visiting artist deal in Ohio, but and considering buying it again just to look through certain passages. If you are interested in collections or have artwork that deals with them, this is a must read.


    7. A very enjoyable read. I liked the fact that Blom wrote some about the psychology of collecting as well as the history of curious collectors. Recommended.


    8. The subject couldn't be more interesting -- and it's one dear to my heart -- but the utilitarian approach to the historical info dampened my enthusiasm a bit early on. Great material, though.


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