Collections as a Means of Emotional Experience

"Collections as a Means of Emotional Experience"

TRADESCANT, JOHN. Musaeum Tradescantianum: Or, a Collection of Raritites, Preserved at South-Lambeth neer London . . . London, Printed by John Grismond, and are to be sold by Dathanael Brooke . . . M.DC.LVI.

"Only edition of this important early English catalogue, complied by Elias Ashmole and Dr. Thomas Wharton with the publishing expenses met by Tradescant. The elder Tradescant had died in 1638 and the "Ark", as his house and cabinet in Lambeth was known, was already an established museum by 1634 (only six years after he moved in), when Peter Mundy spent a whole day viewing the contents. The Tradescant collection was almost entirely the creation of the elder Tradescant although it was John Tradescant who kept it open to the public, arranged for the production of the catalogue and ultimately, bequeathed it to Oxford."

-Parikian, From Wunderkammer to Museum


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