Customer Reviews

15
4.2 out of 5 stars
Cabinets of Curiosities
Format: HardcoverChange
Price:£20.37+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2013
A truly fabulous book, full of beautiful full colour images complimented with a well researched written text.
There is marvellous automata (for example an amazing colour example of a 16th century German automaton of Neptune sitting on a tortoise both of whom can move) with highly ornate baroque astronomical clocks and armillary spheres.
From the grotesque mummified heads to animal skulls; teddy bears to taxidermy, fabled creatures to incredible three dimensional assemblages of contemporary sculpture by the artist Daniel Spoerri in the chapter headed Resurgences...
this really is an incredible book.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
Just love this so much the photos don't show you the true quality of this book. Wonderful its been made to a high standard, there is big full page images though out and lots of informative text to go with it. A great book to keep!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
I love cabinets of curiosities, as does the person to whom I gave this book. A marvellous book on a marvellous subject. I use the word marvellously advisedly.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2014
A real surprise this, seeing how a world could be captured by aristocrats - for they usually were - and be kept almost as a stationary Grand, er Little Tour. From homunculi to materials from lands afar, this is a wondrous book that delights as it was intended. One can wonder at a mind that would sample a world thus: an eye-opening look at a world gone by yet also, a way of seeing what is around us. The variety of objects is astonishing and you will feel as the first onlookers did, no matter that centuries have gone by. Richly illustrated and well written. Unlike any book I have read before; in a good way. A bit like having a little Pitt-Rivers or Horniman Museum in your own house; what an odd, lovely thought.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2014
I like the book itself a lot, but in one of the copies I received there was a binding error and pages 20-26 were repeated, and some big fold out pages were missing. I doubt mine was the only copy like that, so do check carefully. If these are machine bound, others will have the same problem.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2013
I bought this for a project and read it in about 2 weeks (its a big heavy book!) the visuals are very impressive - big colour spreads which open out. Easy to read too. I have really enjoyed it and will use it for reference now - deffo one to keep.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 25 October 2014
A coffee table book for people who cannot afford a collection of curiosities, or who are curious to see the cabinets of others. The artwork in the book is certainly OK. I was less taken by the rather philosophical text as a whole: for the length of the texts I had expected a bit more factual content, anecdotes, etc. And more than once I was disoriented by the way the chapters are divided.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2013
I bought this book as a gift for a collector of both books and curiosities. The quality of the book's construction was a wonderful surprise and the clarity of the numerous pictures is superb. I could spend hours just pouring over the content. Highly recommended!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 17 October 2014
quite simply the best book on the subject - i first bought a copy almost 10 years ago and it has been a constant inspiration both as i launched my curiosity shop & late museum and when i wrote my own book on my Cabinets of Wonder
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 14 December 2014
Another present which was loved by the recipient.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed

Cabinets of Wonder
Cabinets of Wonder by Christine Davenne (Hardcover - 1 Oct. 2012)
£20.40

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)
  -  
Over 100 Awards In 50+ Years! We Create Beautiful Kitchens +More.