Author: Paul Gambino
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Release Date: 2016-09-27
Morbid Curiosities is an insight into the strange world of collectors of the macabre. Centred on 15 collections, with extensive interviews with each collector and specially shot imagery detailing their objects, this is a fascinating showcase of bizarre and intriguing objects. Included are collections of skulls, mummified body parts, occultic objects, and various carnival, side-show and criminal ephemera. Detailed captions tell the curious stories behind each object, many of which are being shown outside the private world of their collections for the first time. Included are collections of skulls, mummified body parts, occultic objects, and various carnival, side-show and criminal ephemera. Detailed captions tell the curious stories behind each object, many of which are being shown outside the private world of their collections for the first time.
Author: Alan W. Petrucelli
Release Date: 2009-09-29
Genre: Social Science
"It's shocking and sinful, and I couldn't put it down!" -Joan Rivers The strange, startling, and utterly fascinating stories behind the world's most notorious celebrity deaths. Was Jayne Mansfield really decapitated? Which manly appendage of Napoleon's was cut off during his autopsy? (And where did it go?) What went to the grave (literally) with River Phoenix, Frank Sinatra, and Princess Diana? Death is fascinating. Just think about the last time you slowed down as you passed the scene of a car accident. When a public figure bites the dust, the curiosity only increases. From Attila the Hun to Marie Antoinette, from Heath Ledger to Anna Nicole Smith, the deaths of the rich and famous spark endless speculation and tabloid fodder. Their lives-and deaths-are grave matters.
Dark humor about those who have removed themselves from the gene pool. An original and irreverent compendium of accidental deaths caused by astonishing stupidity, embarrassing irony and/or really bad luck, in the tradition of The Darwin Awards.
Author: Michael Lesy
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Release Date: 2016-08-15
First published in 1973, this remarkable book about life in a small turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town has become a cult classic. Lesy has collected and arranged photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by a Black River Falls photographer, Charles Van Schaik.
Author: John Harley Warner
Release Date: 2009
Collects vivid historical photographs of medical students engaged in dissection-related studies as performed between the mid-nineteenth and the mid-twentieth centuries, in a volume that offers insight into both period dissection practices and medical portraiture.
Author: Paul Koudounaris
Release Date: 2015-03-01
Genre: Social Science
Combines engaging text and striking photography in a survey of cultural memorials that incorporate the bodies of the dead, sharing insights into the traditions and festivals of more than 30 countries. By the author of The Empire of Death.
Author: Robert Marbury
Publisher: Artisan Books
Release Date: 2014
Presents selections of works from the most prominent taxidermy artists in the world, including Sabrina Brewer, Claire Morgan, James Prosek, and Rod McRae, and provides an overview of taxidermy's history and its basic techniques.
Author: Laurens de Rooy
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Release Date: 2009
Established around the private collections of Gerardus Vrolik (1775–1859) and his son Willem (1801–63), the Vrolik Musuem in Amsterdam has since its founding in the nineteenth century been one of the most admired expositions of anatomy in all of Europe. Scientists and physicians from all over the world travel to gaze upon the five thousand specimens of human and animal anatomy, embryology, pathology, and congenital anomalies housed at the museum. Forces of Form brings this collection back into the limelight, exploring the museum’s rich history and displaying in color illustrations 150 of the museum’s most fascinating specimens.
Author: Viktor Wynd
Publisher: Prestel Pub
Release Date: 2014-10
Let the inimitable aesthete Viktor Wynd guide you through a subversive celebration of curiosities, art, mess, decay, and self indulgence, passionately arguing that the world is full of wonder that is in danger of being sanitized and that collectors are the ultimate artists. The book visits rarified locations lovingly curated by bohemians and artists: from a rambling Devon farmhouse and its historic taxidermy to an Italianate villa in East London to the House of Dreams Museum. It also includes advice on how to start a collection of your own, covering details on auction houses, private dealers, flea markets and fairs, and shows that having distinctive taste does not necessarily require a massive budget.