Company Curiosities: Nature, Culture and the East India Company, 1600-1874

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8.0 X 1.5 X 10.0 inches | 3.2 pounds

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About the Author

Arthur MacGregor is a former archaeologist and was senior curator at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He is a founding editor of the Journal of the History of Collections and the author of many books, including Bone, Antler, Ivory and Horn; Curiosity and Enlightenment; and Animal Encounters.


"Company Curiosities significantly enhances our understanding of colonial collecting in India and the presentation of these collections in Britain."--Felix Driver, University of London
"For nearly two centuries, much of what the West knew about Asia came through the East India Company, the British corporation (1600-1873) that exercised a monopoly on trade with India and Southeast and East Asia. . . . Company Curiosities showcases specimens that the company collected there, including crafts, weapons, jewelry, and ornaments."--Alexandra Wolfe "Wall Street Journal "
"MacGregor has bravely and broadly charted this immense territory, creating an indispensable map, guide, and first port of call. . . . At a time when the director of the Victoria & Albert Museum is calling for a return to the original aims of the museum, as a source and inspiration for manufacturers, he would do well to read this book, to see how well the East India Company accomplished this aim, if not through its own museum, then through its legacy of involvement with temporary exhibitions and other institutions."--Journal of the History of Collections
"MacGregor's engaging and informative text opens up a fruitful new aspect of our shared history, enriched with unfamiliar images and intriguing documents, illuminating the complex and deeply entwined visual and cultural histories of India and Britain."--Arts Scholar