Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599-1899
Please join us at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at The Grolier Club for a tour of the exhibition Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599-1899 by its curator Florence Fearrington. A wine reception will follow. This event is limited to 20 participants.
From The Grolier Club website (http://www.grolierclub.org):
The proud owners of Wunderkammers sometimes published elaborate illustrated catalogues to document their collections. Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599-1899 will showcase dozens of the rarest and most important of these books, drawn from the private library of curator Florence Fearrington, as well as from collections at Harvard’s Houghton Library, the Getty Research Institute Library, and the Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University. Other items in the show include tourists’ accounts of Wunderkammers they had visited, broadsides advertising travelling exhibitions, auction sale catalogues, and 18th- and 19th-century advertisements for and tickets of admission to commercial ventures put together by such showmen as P. T. Barnum (“This way to the egress !”).
Change of plans? Please email us if you need to cancel your ticket.