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The Duchess's Shells
Natural History Collecting in the Age of Cook’s Voyages

Beth Fowkes Tobin

Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, the 2nd Duchess of Portland (1715–1785), was one of the wealthiest women in eighteenth-century Britain. She collected fine and decorative arts (the Portland Vase was her most famous acquisition), but her great love was natural history, and shells in particular. Over the course of twenty years, she amassed the largest shell collection of her time,  which was sold after her death in a spectacular auction.

 

Beth Fowkes Tobin illuminates the interlocking issues surrounding the global circulation of natural resources, the commodification of nature, and the construction of scientific value through the lens of one woman’s marvelous collection. This unique study tells the story of the collection’s forma...


2014   316 pp.  30 color + 20 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300192230  $55.00 tx

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