Ole Worm was a distinguished and dedicated doctor and university professor in Copenhagen. His museum is typical of its time in the exuberant juxtaposition of animal, vegetable, mineral and man-made exhibits; a microcosm of earth’s wondrous variety. It is very much a tool of teaching and learning. On the death of the collector, the museum was purchased by the King of Denmark for his Kunstkammer. The Library’s copy of the description of the collection, ‘Museum Wormianum’ (1655), from which the illustration is taken, forms part of the bequest of Joan M. Eyles.
Photographer: Jamie Carstairs
Copyright: University of Bristol
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