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The World in a Box : The Story of an Eighteenth-century Picture Encyclopedia - Anke Te Heesen

The World in a Box

The Story of an Eighteenth-century Picture Encyclopedia

By: Anke Te Heesen, Ann M. Hentschel (Translator)

Paperback Published: 17th May 2002
ISBN: 9780226322872
Number Of Pages: 232

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This is a book about a box that contained the world. The box was the "Picture Academy for the Young, " a popular encyclopedia in pictures invented by preacher-turned-publisher Johann Siegmund Stoy in eighteenth-century Germany. Children were expected to cut out the pictures from the "Academy," glue them onto cards, and arrange those cards in ordered compartments--the whole world filed in a box of images.
As Anke te Heesen demonstrates, Stoy and his world in a box epitomized the Enlightenment concern with the creation and maintenance of an appropriate moral, intellectual, and social order. The box, and its images from nature, myth, and biblical history, were intended to teach children how to collect, store, and order knowledge. te Heesen compares the "Academy" with other aspects of Enlightenment material culture, such as commercial warehouses and natural history cabinets, to show how the kinds of collecting and ordering practices taught by the "Academy" shaped both the developing middle class in Germany and Enlightenment thought. "The World in a Box, " illustrated with a multitude of images of and from Stoy's "Academy, " offers a glimpse into a time when it was believed that knowledge could be contained and controlled.

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"This is a truly magnificent book - the most impressive histoire totale of an object that I have read. te Heesen provides a fascinating series of perspectives on the German bourgeois Enlightenment through minute study of the production, physical make-up, marketing, reviewing, and educational uses of Stoy's world in a box." - Nicholas Jardine, University of Cambridge

List of Illustrations
Introduction: "A Storehouse of the Finest Materials"
The Work and Its Author
From the Manufacture of Books to teh Pedagogical Cabinet
Sources and Structure of the Picture Academy for the Young
Man and His Image in the Eighteenth Century
The Box and Collecting
The Box and Its Uses
Conclusion: The World Boxed In, Then and Now
Appendix: Bibliographic Record of the Picture Academy
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ISBN: 9780226322872
ISBN-10: 0226322874
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 17th May 2002
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2

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