Before we can understand the ways in which Sloane catalogued his collection, it is essential to know the type of artefacts Sloane was collecting and, equally important, how. The exchange of knowledge in this period undoubtedly allowed Sloane greater access to the world’s objects. Sloane had many contacts all around the world who would purchase and collect objects on his behalf.
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