By Frances Larson
Richly illustrated all through, together with eight pages of colour plates, An Infinity of Things tells the tale of the best deepest assortment ever made, and the lifetime of the fellow in the back of it. American-born Henry Wellcome made his hundreds of thousands as one of many world's first pharmaceutical marketers. Drawing on his enormous wealth, he deliberate a very good museum choked with treasures from all corners of the globe, charting the historical past of human health and wellbeing from prehistory to the current day. Demonstrating what can ensue while a collector's aspirations are left unconstrained by means of wealth, Frances Larson explores Wellcome's existence via his possessions, revealing the various tensions in his personality: among his abilities as a businessman and his wish for scholarly reputation; his interest and his perfectionism; and his philanthropic aspirations and his force for private glory. through the beginning a long time of the 20 th century he obtained a set so huge that later generations of employees took to describing its contents by means of the ton. yet Wellcome's museum was once by no means accomplished, and his assortment used to be nonetheless kept in monstrous warehouses whilst he died, unseen and incomplete.