Morbid Curiosities

Author: Paul Gambino
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN: 1780678665
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.

Morbid Curiosity

Author: Alan W. Petrucelli
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101140499
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.

A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities

Author: Jan Bondeson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393318923
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Medical

A collection of essays discussing historical medical oddities like spontaneous combustion and tailed people, offering a likely cause for the condition, and mentioning some real human oddities

Cabinets of Wonder

Author: Christine Davenne
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 1419705547
Release Date: 2012-10-01
Genre: Design

Translation of Cabinets de curiositaes, published in Paris by Martiniaere in 2011.

Thinning the Herd

Author: Cynthia Ceilán
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1599216914
Release Date: 2007-11-01

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.

Wisconsin Death Trip

Author: Michael Lesy
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826358400
Release Date: 2016-08-15
Genre: Photography

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.

Beyond the Dark Veil

Author: Jacqueline Ann Bunge Barger
Publisher: Last Gasp of San Francisco
ISBN: 086719796X
Release Date: 2014-12-15
Genre: Photography

Shares images and ephemera that document the practice of nineteenth-century memorial photography.


Author: Wellcome Collection
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
ISBN: 0957028539
Release Date: 2013-01-25
Genre: Art

Death the friend, Death the enemy ; violent death, gentle death, deathly warnings ; deaths to contemplate dand deaths to commemorate...


Author: John Harley Warner
ISBN: UOM:39076002808918
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Photography

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.

Morbid Curiosities

Author: Samuel J.M.M. Alberti
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0199584583
Release Date: 2011-04-07
Genre: History

An in-depth study of the variety of collections of human remains in Britain in the long nineteenth century

Memento Mori

Author: Paul Koudounaris
ISBN: 0500517789
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.

Taxidermy Art

Author: Robert Marbury
Publisher: Artisan Books
ISBN: 9781579655587
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Art

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: Joanna Ebenstein
ISBN: 0500519714
Release Date: 2017-10-13
Genre: Social Science

The ultimate death compendium, featuring the world's most extraordinary artistic objects concerned with mortality, together with text by expert contributors

Forces of Form

Author: Laurens de Rooy
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9789056295523
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Art

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.

Viktor Wynd s Cabinet of Wonders

Author: Viktor Wynd
Publisher: Prestel Pub
ISBN: 3791349066
Release Date: 2014-10
Genre: Art

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.