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Hakluyt's PromiseAn Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America$
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Peter C. Mancall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110548

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110548.001.0001

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Paris and London, 1584 to 1589 Cabinets and Curiosities

Paris and London, 1584 to 1589 Cabinets and Curiosities

(p.156) Chapter 8 Paris and London, 1584 to 1589 Cabinets and Curiosities
Hakluyt's Promise

Peter C. Mancall

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the visit Hakluyt made to two cabinets of curiosity in England belonging to men named Richard Garth and Walter Cope. Garth's cabinet and virtually all information about him have long since disappeared. Cope, a member of the Elizabethan Society of Antiquaries, also left scant trace in the historical record even though he was a close friend of the chronicler and surveyor John Stow. Cope had frequent visitors to his house, including a German named Thomas Platter who traveled to London in 1599 and left a detailed inventory of the things that Cope had accumulated during his journeys. Like the cabinets kept by many Europeans on the Continent, Cope's contained an eclectic assortment. Along with clothing and tools, Cope collected extraordinary remnants of nature. Cope had so much in his cabinet that he had to use every available space for display.

Keywords:   cabinets of curiosity, England, Richard Garth, Walter Cope, John Stow, Thomas Platter, eclectic assortment, remnants of nature

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