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Seba. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

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The Cabinet of Natural 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 scientists of his era often collected natural specimens for research purposes, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba (1665–1736) was unrivalled in his passion. His amazing collection of animals, plants, and insects from all around the world earned him international fame.

With these meticulous drawings, he arranged for the publication of a four-volume catalog, covering the entire collection from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, birds, and butterflies, as well as creatures that are now extinct. Taken from a rare hand-coloured original, this remarkable collection features an introduction that contextualizes the fascinating tradition of natural collections to which Seba’s curiosities belonged.

“The eye-popping displays leave us in awe of the diversity of the natural world, as well as the engravers’ skill in producing these beautifully detailed plates.” - The Huffington Post

DETAILS:

  • Contributors: Irmgard Müsch, Jes Rust, Rainer Willmann.

  • Carbon neutral publisher from Cologne, Germany.

  • Size: Hardcover, 24.5 x 37.2 cm, 592 pages.

  • Language: English.

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