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Author Plumb, Christopher, author.

Title The Georgian menagerie : exotic animals in eighteenth-century London / Christopher Plumb
Published London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, & Co. Ltd, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (x, 256 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part I. Trade. 1. 'Buy a fine singing bird' ; 2. ' To be seen or sold' ; 3. The property of ... -- Part II. Ingredients. 4. 'Turtle travels far' ; 5. Bear grease for your powdered wig ; 6. 'The product of the civet's posteriors' -- Part III. Crowds. 7. Ladies and gentlemen ; 8. Bitten, crushed and maimed ; 9. Sweet camel's breath ; 10. Exotic estates ; 11. John Bull and 'happy Britain' ; 12. Llama's spit, a pot of Barclay's entire and elephant chops ; 13. Under the knife -- Part IV. Humour. 14. Electric desire ; 15. The Queen's ass ; 16. The love birds
Summary "In the eighteenth century, it would not have been impossible to encounter an elephant or a kangaroo making its way down the Strand, heading towards the menagerie of Mr. Pidcock at the Exeter Change. Pidcock's was just one of a number of commercial menagerists who plied their trade in London in this period the predecessors to the zoological societies of the Victorian era. As the British Empire expanded and seaborne trade flooded into London's ports, the menagerists gained access to animals from the most far-flung corners of the globe, and these strange creatures became the objects of fascination and wonder. Many aristocratic families sought to create their own private menageries with which to entertain their guests, while for the less well-heeled, touring exhibitions of exotic creatures both alive and dead satisfied their curiosity for the animal world. While many exotic creatures were treasured as a form of spectacle, others fared less well turtles went into soups and civet cats were sought after for ingredients for perfume. In this entertaining and enlightening book, Plumb introduces the many tales of exotic animals in London."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-249) and index
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Subject Captive wild animals -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century
Exotic animals -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century
Human-animal relationships -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century
Menageries -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century
Wild animal collecting -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century
Captive wild animals.
Exotic animals.
Human-animal relationships.
NATURE -- Animals -- General.
NATURE -- Animals -- Wildlife.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Zoology -- General.
Social & cultural history.
Wild animal collecting.
England -- London.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 085773928X