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The Cabinet of Curiosities

(2010)
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When fourteen-year-old Lukas de Boodt is orphaned, his uncle summons him to Prague, a refuge for Europe's greatest alchemists and natural philosophers, offering to take him on as an apprentice. The uncle is court physician to Rudolf II, the reclusive and unstable Emperor. He is also curator of Rudolf's bizarre Cabinet of Curiosites, four halls stuffed with wonders and scientific marvels such as nails from Noah's Ark, phoenix feathers and monstrous freaks of nature, which fascinate Lukas. As Rudolf retreats further into his fantasy world, the threat of rebellion hangs in the air. Dorantes, a diplomat from Spain, comes with his daughter, Celestina, on a mission from Philip II to persuade Rudolf to give up his heretical ways. But he discovers the court is full of diplomats who have been waiting months or years for an audience with the Emperor. Dorantes notices how some had wormed their way into the Emperor's favour by presenting him with fantastic gifts for his Cabinet, and sets about creating a device that he says will stop time. But it works only in the presence of the Emperor. Lukas knows the terrible truth behind Dorantes' mission. But sinister forces have plans for Lukas too, and before he can thwart the plot against the Emperor, Lukas must gamble on Celestina's loyalty in order to save his own life.

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Hardback Editions

July 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Cabinet of Curiosities
Author(s): Paul Dowswell
ISBN: 1-4088-0046-2 / 978-1-4088-0046-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Cabinet of Curiosities
Author(s): Paul Dowswell
ISBN: 1-4088-0045-4 / 978-1-4088-0045-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
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August 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Cabinet of Curiosities
Author(s): Paul Dowswell
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August 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Cabinet of Curiosities
Author(s): Paul Dowswell
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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August 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Cabinet of Curiosities
Author(s): Paul Dowswell
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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July 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Cabinet of Curiosities
Author(s): Paul Dowswell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
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