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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)
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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.

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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
Elizabeth
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
Peggy
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
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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
Jay
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.
Grayson
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.
Flora
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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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