The Collector's Voice: Critical Readings in the Practice of Collecting: Volume 3: Modern Voices, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Collector's Voice

Critical Readings in the Practice of Collecting: Volume 3: Modern Voices, 1st Edition

By Susan Pearce, Rosemary Flanders, Fiona Morton


400 pages

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The Collector’s Voice is a major four-volume project which brings together in accessible form material relevant to the history and practice of collecting in the European tradition from c. 1500 BC to the present day. The series demonstrates how attitudes to objects, the collecting of objects, and the shape of the museum institution have developed over the past 3000 years. Material presented includes translations of a wide range of original documents: letters, official reports, verse, fiction, travellers' accounts, catalogues and labels. Volume 1: Ancient Voices, edited by Susan Pearce and Alexandra Bounia Volume 2: Early Voices, edited by Susan Pearce and Kenneth Arnold Volume 3: Imperial Voices, edited by Susan Pearce and Rosemary Flanders Volume 4: Contemporary Voices, edited by Susan Pearce and Paul Martin


'The series is well produced, the proof reading is good…and the authors are to be congratulated on bringing together such a wealth of interesting material…they have created books which are simply a delight to dip into.' International Journal of Heritage Studies '…these volumes…will be a boon to writers in this subject-area as finding-aids to specific passages.' Journal of the History of Collections

About the Series

Perspectives on Collecting

Perspectives on Collecting
Contrary to general traditional belief, the origins of collecting, as a systematic activity that refers to the satisfaction of symbolic rather than actual needs, was not an invention of the Renaissance. Collecting made its first appearance in European prehistory, was a subject of interest and debate for the ancient Greeks and Romans, and has been present continuously ever since. The books in this series are intended to discuss the phenomena of collecting from ancient times to the modern day. They seek to cast light, not only on the types objects that have been collected, but also on how such objects were acquired, and the political, social and personal motivations for creating collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General