ALL THE BEST RUBBISH by Ivor N. Hume

ALL THE BEST RUBBISH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A breezy, anecdotal account of ""curiosities"" -- antiquities, memorabilia, etc. -- the offbeat stuff people can't resist collecting, by a former British archaeologist (now at Colonial Williamsburg) who conveys an infectious enthusiasm for the potsherds of civilization. A collector with taste and refinement, if more historical than common sense, Hume bemoans the destruction of anything (one wonders will some future preservationist fight against leveling a Doggy Diner?) on the theory that every bit and piece represents an irreplaceable unit in the artistic, technological, aesthetic and commercial progress of mankind. A gaudy Victorian jubilee mug may not exactly qualify as a museum piece but, as Hume tells it, it probably does say as much about us as the Elgin marbles.

Pub Date: March 30th, 1974
Publisher: Harper & Row