In the late eighteenth century, a lay naturalist in Hessen-Kassel created a library of books, each made out of a different species of tree. This essay looks at how the wood library addressed the gap between the materials of nature and the materials of nature’s explanation, which troubled efforts to know and manage the forest in this period.
The Selbst Gewählter Plan: The Schildbach Wood Library in Eighteenth-Century Hessen-Kassel
ALICE GOFF is a graduate student in the history department at the University of California, Berkeley, where her research focuses on the relationships between ideas and objects in the history of museums. She is working on a dissertation about the physical interactions between people and artworks in the first public art museums in German cities from 1779 to 1830.
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Alice Goff; The Selbst Gewählter Plan: The Schildbach Wood Library in Eighteenth-Century Hessen-Kassel. Representations 1 November 2014; 128 (1): 30–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2014.128.1.30
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