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華藝線上圖書館 = Airiti Library
Xinbei Shi : Hua yi shu wei gu fen you xian gong si

Collecting the world : Hans Sloane and the origins of the British Museum
Delbourgo, James, 1972- author
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017
Introduction: The original Sloane Ranger -- Part One. Empire of curiosities: Transplantation -- Island of curiosities -- Keeping the species from being lost -- Part Two. Assembling the world: Becoming Hans Sloane -- The world comes to Bloomsbury -- Putting the world in order -- Creating the public's museum.

In 1759 the British Museum opened its doors to the general public--the first free national museum in the world. James Delbourgo's biography of Hans Sloane recounts the story behind its creation, told through the life of a figure with an insatiable ambition to pit universal knowledge against superstition and the means to realize his dream. Born in northern Ireland in 1660, Sloane amassed a fortune as a London society physician, becoming a member of the Whig establishment and president of the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians. His wealth and contacts enabled him to assemble an encyclopedic collection of specimens and objects--the most famous cabinet of curiosities of its time. For Sloane, however, collecting a world of objects meant collecting a world of people, including slaves. His marriage to the heir of sugar plantations in Jamaica gave Sloane access to the experiences of planters and the folkways of their human property. With few curbs on his passion for collecting, he established a network of agents to supply artifacts from China, India, North America, the Caribbean, and beyond. Wampum beads, rare manuscripts, a shoe made from human skin--nothing was off limits to Sloane's imagination. This splendidly illustrated volume offers a new perspective on the entanglements of global scientific discovery with imperialism in the eighteenth century. The first biography of Sloane based on the full range of his writings and collections, Collecting the World tells the rich and complex story of one of the Enlightenment's most controversial luminaries.--
Baker Berry AM401.S58 D45 2017

Amerikant︠s︡y--chleny Imperatorskoĭ akademii nauk
nauchnyĭ rukovoditelʹ V.P. Leonov ; otvetstvennyĭ sostavitelʹ N.A. Sidorenko
Sankt-Peterburg : Biblioteka Rossiĭskoĭ akademii nauk, 2010
Baker Berry AS262.S336 A54 2010

The correspondence
Daniels, J. D., 1974- author
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
Letter from Cambridge -- Letter from Majorca -- Letter from Kentucky -- Letter from Level Four -- Letter from Devils Tower -- Letter from the Primal Horde.

"The first collection from a Whiting Writers' Award winner whose work has become a fixture of The Paris Review and n+1. Can civilization save us from ourselves? That is the question J.D. Daniels asks in his first book, a series of six letters written during dark nights of the soul. Working from his own highly varied experience--as a janitor, a night watchman, an adjunct professor, a drunk, an exterminator, a dutiful son--he considers how far books and learning and psychoanalysis can get us, and how much we're stuck in the mud. In prose wound as tight as a copper spring, Daniels takes us from the highways of his native Kentucky to the Balearic Islands and from the Pampas of Brazil to the rarefied precincts of Cambridge, Massachusetts. His traveling companions include psychotic kindergarten teachers, Israeli sailors, and Southern Baptists on fire for Christ. In each dispatch, Daniels takes risks--not just literary (voice, tone, form) but also more immediate, such as spending two years on a Brazilian jujitsu team (he gets beaten to a pulp, repeatedly) or participating in group psychoanalysis (where he goes temporarily insane). Daniels is that rare thing, a writer completely in earnest whose wit never deserts him, even in extremis. Inventive, intimate, restless, streetwise, and erudite, The Correspondence introduces a brave and original observer of the inner life under pressure. A collection of the author's essays, previously published in The Paris Review"--
Baker Berry AC8.5 .D26 2017

The big book for tinies
London : Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press
Rauner Sine Serials AP201 .B54358

全国报刊索引 = National index to Chinese newspapers & periodicals / [上海图书馆, 上海科学技术情报硏究所《全国报刊索引》编辑部编撰制作]
上海 : 上海图书馆, 上海科学技术文献出版社, 2006-
Indexes of Chinese newspapers and periodicals published since 1833; full-text articles that Columbia or other North American libraries do not have may be delivered from Shanghai Library, the creator of the database.

The Prize
London : Wells Gardner, Darton, & Co
Rauner Sine Serials AP201 .P75

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