auktion Beastly Possessions: Animals in Victorian Consumer Culture (Hardcover) by Amato Sarah HS7FARR2

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In Beastly Possessions Sarah Amato chronicles the unusual ways in which Victorians of every social class brought animals into their daily lives. Captured bred exhibited collected and sold ordinary pets and exotic creatures - as well as their representations - became commodities within Victorian Britain's flourishing consumer culture. As a pet an animal could be a companion a living parlour decoration and proof of a household's social and moral status. In the zoo it could become a public pet an object of curiosity a symbol of empire or even a consumer mascot. Either kind of animal might be painted photographed or stuffed as a taxidermic specimen. Using evidence ranging from pet-keeping manuals and scientific treatises to novels guidebooks and ephemera this fascinating well-illustrated study opens a window into an underexplored aspect of life in Victorian Britain.