This essay gathers two contributions to conferences or panels delivered in 2015 and 2016. The liminal figure relating both incompletes is the Sammler, as discussed in two texts by Walter Benjamin: “Eduard Fuchs, der Sammler und der Historiker” (“Eduard Fuchs: Collector and Historian”) and “Ich packe meine Bibliothek aus: Eine Rede über das Sammeln” (“Unpacking My Library: A Talk about Collecting”).

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