The Collector’s Voice is a major four-volume project which brings together in accessible form material relevant to the history and practice of collecting in the European tradition from c. 1500 BC to the present day. The series demonstrates how attitudes to objects, the collecting of objects, and the shape of the museum institution have developed over the past 3000 years. Material presented includes translations of a wide range of original documents: letters, official reports, verse, fiction, travellers' accounts, catalogues and labels. Volume 1: Ancient Voices, edited by Susan Pearce and Alexandra Bounia Volume 2: Early Voices, edited by Susan Pearce and Kenneth Arnold Volume 3: Imperial Voices, edited by Susan Pearce and Rosemary Flanders Volume 4: Contemporary Voices, edited by Susan Pearce and Paul Martin

part I|2 pages

Curious voices

chapter 1|3 pages

Giulio Camillo's magical proto-museum

chapter 3|5 pages

Gabriel Kaltermackt's advice to princes

chapter 6|3 pages

Ulisse Aldrovandi collects insects

chapter 11|4 pages

John Dury advocates school museums

part II|2 pages

Scientific voices

chapter 18|5 pages

A show elephant becomes an anatomy exhibit

chapter 22|4 pages

Hans Sloane describes a 'China Cabinet'

part III|2 pages

Enlightened voices

chapter 30|6 pages

The Resta collection of drawings is sold

chapter 31|10 pages

Thomas Martyn collects collectors

chapter 35|4 pages

Collecting as revolution

chapter 36|4 pages

Miss Benett collects fossils in Wiltshire

chapter 37|6 pages

Mary Anning: collectrice extraordinaire

part IV|2 pages

Antique voices

chapter 39|7 pages

Charles Townley and his marbles

chapter 44|5 pages

Plaster shops in Britain, 1760-1820

chapter 49|10 pages

Lord Elgin acquires the Parthenon Marbles

part V|2 pages

Strange voices

chapter 51|5 pages

Collecting jewels from India

chapter 55|11 pages

William Bullock's London museum

chapter 57|9 pages

William Beckford collects his fantasies

chapter 58|5 pages

Horace Walpole collects at Strawberry Hill

chapter 62|5 pages

Newcastle collects antiquities