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Gusto for ThingsA History of Objects in Seventeenth-Century Rome$
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Renata Ago

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226010571

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226008387.001.0001

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(p.187) Chapter Eight Books
Gusto for Things

Renata Ago

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the collection of books in seventeenth-century Rome. It explains how men from legal professions usually owned large volumes of books while women rarely owned books. It also mentions that libraries were a great fashion among the cultured elite during this period and that book ownership was correlated with the possession of other categories of goods such as musical and scientific instruments or natural curiosities. This chapter discusses the collection of domestic account books and family correspondence.

Keywords:   collection, rome, legal professions, libraries, cultured elite, book ownership, domestic account books, family

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