Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “El coleccionista apasionado: Una historia íntima” as Want to Read:
El coleccionista apasionado: Una historia íntima
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

El coleccionista apasionado: Una historia íntima

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Este libro investiga la historia de la pasión por coleccionar desde el Renacimiento hasta nuestros días. Todo objeto de colección, ya sea una caja de cerillas o la uña de un mártir, tiene un significado que trasciende al objeto mismo; es un tótem. Y el afán incesante por poseerlo convierte al coleccionista en un antropólogo cultural. Philipp Blom destila los temas que suby ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published 2013 by Anagrama (first published 2002)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about El coleccionista apasionado, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about El coleccionista apasionado

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.77  · 
Rating details
 ·  154 ratings  ·  8 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Mikey B.
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, collecting
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 collect.

Alison Kagen
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 ...more
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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 ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[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 app
Alfredo González
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 inusuale ...more
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Valentina Campos
rated it really liked it
Apr 18, 2019
Seema Rao
rated it really liked it
Dec 17, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Dec 04, 2011
Chantal Powell
rated it liked it
Nov 02, 2011
rated it did not like it
Feb 19, 2008
rated it liked it
Oct 11, 2015
rated it liked it
Aug 19, 2011
rated it really liked it
Dec 19, 2013
rated it really liked it
Dec 01, 2014
rated it liked it
Jul 23, 2017
rated it liked it
Jan 25, 2012
rated it it was ok
Jan 03, 2010
rated it it was amazing
Jan 14, 2013
rated it really liked it
May 10, 2008
rated it liked it
Oct 15, 2007
Max Jones
rated it really liked it
Mar 06, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Feb 14, 2016
rated it really liked it
Jul 31, 2008
rated it it was ok
Dec 14, 2012
London SE4
rated it it was amazing
Feb 03, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Aug 20, 2008
rated it really liked it
Nov 09, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Collections of Nothing
  • Museum of Lost Wonder
  • Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment
  • Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology
  • Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance
  • Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums
  • The Participatory Museum
  • Half Slave and Half Free: The Roots of Civil War
  • Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It
  • The Slaves Have Names: Ancestors of My Home
  • A Turn In The South
  • Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe
  • Domestic Manners of the Americans
  • Artemisia Gentileschi
  • The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes
  • Joseph Cornell's Theater of the Mind: Selected Diaries, Letters, and Files
See similar books…
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 ...more