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In 1634 the indefatigable traveler Peter Mundy was between voyages, cooling his heels in London. He filled his time at one point by going to Lambeth “to view some rarieties” at the home of the elder John Tradescant. According to Mundy, he spent a “whole day in peruseinge, and that superficially,” th...

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Published in: Curiosities and Texts p. 1
Main Author: MARJORIE SWANN
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc 01-01-2011
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Summary: In 1634 the indefatigable traveler Peter Mundy was between voyages, cooling his heels in London. He filled his time at one point by going to Lambeth “to view some rarieties” at the home of the elder John Tradescant. According to Mundy, he spent a “whole day in peruseinge, and that superficially,” the enthralling wealth of objects that Tradescant had accumulated, which included beasts, fowle, fishes, serpents, wormes (reall, although dead and dryed), pretious stones and other Armes, Coines, shells, fethers, etts. of sundrey Nations, Countries, forme, Coullours; also diverse Curiosities in Carvinge, painteinge, etts., as 80 faces carved on a
ISBN: 0812236106
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