The Cabinet of Natural Curiosities of Albertus Seba (1665–1736) 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 Seba’s era often collected natural specimens for research purposes, the Amsterdam-based pharmacist was unrivaled in his passion. His amazing 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 every specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalogue. The nature Wunderkammer featured everything from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, birds, and butterflies, as well as fantastic beasts, such as a hydra and a dragon. Many illustrations mixed plants and animals into a single scenic plate.
This reproduction is taken from a rare hand-colored original and features an introduction to the natural history and collecting traditions in which Seba played such an important role.
By: Irmgard Müsch, Jes Rust, Rainer Willmann
Hardcover, 9.4 x 13.1 in., 416 pages