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New World Objects of Knowledge: A Cabinet of Curiosities (Hardcover)

By Mark Thurner (Editor), Juan Pimentel (Editor)
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A stunning, richly illustrated hardback cataloging key artifacts from across Latin American art, nature, and history.
From the late fifteenth century to the present day, countless explorers, conquerors, and other agents of empire have laid siege to the New World, plundering and pilfering its most precious artifacts and treasures. Today, these natural and cultural products—which are key to conceptualizing a history of Latin America—are scattered in museums around the world.

With contributions from a renowned set of scholars, New World Objects of Knowledge delves into the hidden histories of forty of the New World’s most iconic artifacts, from the Inca mummy to Darwin’s hummingbirds. This volume is richly illustrated with photos and sketches from the archives and museums hosting these objects. Each artifact is accompanied by a comprehensive essay covering its dynamic, often global, history and itinerary. This volume will be an indispensable catalog of New World objects and how they have helped shape our modern world.

About the Author

Mark Thurner is professor of Latin American studies at the University of London. His books include The First Wave of Decolonization and History’s Peru: The Poetics of Colonial and Postcolonial Historiography.

Juan Pimentel is research professor in the history of science at the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC, Madrid. He is the author of many books, including The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History

Praise For…

“What constitutes knowledge and how do natural (and human-made) objects from the Americas embody such knowledge? This dazzling cornucopia of short object biographies—whose itineraries stretch from the New World to around the world—privileges polysemic narratives over traditional histories, recasting America—and Latin America in particular—as an intellectual driver and powerful protagonist of knowledge production in the early modern age.”
— Neil Safier, associate professor of history at Brown University and director of The John Carter Brown Library

Product Details
ISBN: 9781908857828
ISBN-10: 190885782X
Publisher: Institute of Latin American Studies
Publication Date: September 1st, 2021
Pages: 350