Museum of Unheard (of) Things | November 18 | Already Not Yet


No Collective’s publisher Already Not Yet is releasing Museum of Unheard (of) Things, the first catalogue raisonné of the world-famous “literary cabinet of curiosities” in Berlin, which holds the record of being the most visited museum in the German capital (if one offsets the number of visitors to the square meters of the exhibition space). The book assembles the museum’s entire current inventory of 78 unique objects and their unheard (of) stories, all categorized according to weight, translated into English for the first time.

Museum der Unerhörten Dinge is a collection of unique, miscellaneous objects to which founder and curator Roland Albrecht has patiently lent his ear in order to hear the unheard (of) story each of them has to tell. The present book gathers together all the stories in the current collection, wildly traveling across history, literature, art, science, technology, zoology, and botany. The clock of a Swiss inventor who promoted “New-Time”—where the day was only twenty hours long, an hour fifty minutes, and a minute fifty seconds—and was subsequently arrested by the authorities, the first portrait ID card in history created for Michel de Montaigne, a fork which reveals the secret history of a meeting of chefs in the Alps, the stone that inspired Thomas Mann to write many of his stories, or the scandalous relationship between the Brothers Grimm and alphabet soup…These extraordinary tales of seemingly ordinary objects invite the reader to imagine the world differently by listening more carefully and intimately to all the things that surround our everyday lives.

Three sample items can be read at the Already Not Yet website:

The book can be purchased through createspace, for a 40% discount (use the discount code “5XP5KPYC” before purchasing the book), or through amazon, etc:


By Roland Albrecht | Translated by Alexander Booth and You Nakai
Published by Already Not Yet [ANY 02]
272 pages
7.44″ x 9.69″
Softcover, $23.00/€20.00
ISBN: 978-0996944205