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Questions Framing the Research / Fragen an das Forschungsgebiet

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of concepts covered in the book Collectors' Knowledge: What Is Kept, What Is Discarded. The term 'collecting' refers to an action that imposes an order or a concept on the objects that a collector has assembled. The book covers collections of texts and objects: libraries, textbooks that derive directly from commonplace books, miscellanies, commonplace books, data collections pertaining to historical events, encyclopaedias, royal and ducal treasures, curiosity cabinets, galleries and museums. The assembly of examples discussed in the book brings some of the ruptures and gaps in collections and their causes. Wars and collectors' choices are only the most obvious manifestation of the changes that have been wrought on collections and led to their formation, their transformation, their interpretation in terms of established beliefs and their dissolution.

Keywords: commonplace books; curiosity cabinets; ducal treasures; encyclopaedias; libraries; museums



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