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Art + Botany: A Xylotheque's Cabinet of Curiosities

May 06, 2011
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With its flourishing book industry and emphasis on natural history, the Age of Enlightenment introduced new ways of bringing science and culture to curious audiences. One of its most remarkable inventions was the xylotheque. From the Greek words xylos, 'wood,' and theque, 'repository,' a xylotheque is, literally a "library of wood"—however, something is lost in this translation.