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The Museum Wormianum (1654), the cabinet of curiosities by Ole Worm
The Museum Wormianum (1654), the cabinet of curiosities by Ole Worm

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An antiquarian or antiquary is one concerned with antiquities or things of the past. Also, and most often in modern usage, an antiquarian is a person who deals with or collects rare and ancient "antiquarian books". More narrowly, the term is often used for those who studied history with special attention to "antiques", meaning ancient objects of art or science as physical traces of the past. Antiquarianism is usually considered to have emerged in the Middle Ages (see History of archaeology). By the 19th century, it had become transformed and bifurcated into the academic disciplines of archaeology and philology.

Notable antiquarians

See also

antiquity, William Hamilton, Society of Dilettanti
bookseller, Antiquarian book trade in the United States

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