To Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting (Philipp Blom) soon to be presented for sale on the dazzling BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Allen Lane, 2002, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: Collecting is one of the most common pastimes, and can often become a passion bordering on the obsessive. Our familiarity with the pursuit, however, obscures the questions at its heart: why do people amass things that have no use? What drives them to spend time and money getting hold of a single stamp, an unusual beer mat, or a rare doll, only to put it in a folder or on a shelf? Why do we feel a need to possess these items, and why is it not enough to know that they exist in a museum, or somewhere else?
In this scintillating book, Philipp Blom delves into the history of the collecting passion and explores it through a series of interlinked portraits, stories and discoveries, each characteristic of a period. What emerges is the story of a human quest mo…
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the top corners of the boards. Previous owners’ name to the first blank.
Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XIV] 273 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I enchant you with top-drawer choices of my Antiques & Collecting catalogue?