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Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

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Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of Curiosities" is one of the 18th century's greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time.

Though it was common for men of his profession to collect natural specimens for research purposes, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba (1665-1736) had a passion that led him far beyond the call of duty. His amazing, unprecedented collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. In 1731, after decades of collecting, Seba commissioned illustrations of each and every specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalog detailing his entire collection-from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, insects, butterflies and more, as well as fantastic beasts, such as a hydra and a dragon.

Seba's scenic illustrations, often mixing plants and animals in a single plate, were unusual even for the time. Many of the stranger and more peculiar creatures from Seba's collection, some of which are now extinct, were as curious to those in Seba's day as they are to us now.

Our superb, complete reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-colored original. The introduction offers background information about the fascinating tradition of the cabinet of curiosities to which Seba's curiosities belonged and an additional annex, written by contemporary biologists, provides descriptions of the specimens.

Synopsis:

A reproduction of Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of Curiosities", prized as one of the 18th century's greatest natural history achievements. The collection includes "strange and exotic plants and rare animals, in particular winged ones such as flying dogs, cats, rats, mice, and squirrels".

Synopsis:

Albertus Seba's ""Cabinet of Curiosities"" is one of the 18th century's greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time. Though it was common for men of his profession to collect natural specimens for research purposes, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba had a passion that led him far beyond the call of duty. His amazing, unprecedented collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. After decades of collecting, Seba commissioned illustrations of each specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalog detailing his entire collection. This superb, complete reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-colored original.

Product Details

ISBN:
9783822816004
Author:
Musch, Irmgard
Publisher:
Taschen
Author:
Seba, Albertus
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20011001
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
636
Dimensions:
20 x 13 x 3.09 in 16.8 lb

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Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities
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"Synopsis" by , A reproduction of Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of Curiosities", prized as one of the 18th century's greatest natural history achievements. The collection includes "strange and exotic plants and rare animals, in particular winged ones such as flying dogs, cats, rats, mice, and squirrels".
"Synopsis" by ,
Albertus Seba's ""Cabinet of Curiosities"" is one of the 18th century's greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time. Though it was common for men of his profession to collect natural specimens for research purposes, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba had a passion that led him far beyond the call of duty. His amazing, unprecedented collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. After decades of collecting, Seba commissioned illustrations of each specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalog detailing his entire collection. This superb, complete reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-colored original.
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