Seba. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities


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Irmgard Müsch, Jes Rust, Rainer Willmann


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 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 careful and often scenic illustrations of every specimen. 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 now extinct creatures.
This reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-colored original. The introduction supplies background information about the fascinating tradition of natural collections to which Seba’s curiosities belonged.

About the series
Bibliotheca Universalis – Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!

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Weight 1203 g
Dimensions 15.1 x 20.4 cm
Publisher name TASCHEN
Publication date 21 June 2015
Number of pages 752
Format Hardback
Dimensions 15.1 x 20.4 cm
Weight 1203 g


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