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Natural Curiosities from the Cabinet of Albertus Seba
Softcover, 284 x 365 mm
An amazing, unprecedented collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world
Albertus Sebas "Cabinet of Natural Curiosities" is one of the 18th centurys 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 as well as fantastic beasts such as a seven-headed hydra gained international fame during his lifetime. Seba was proud indeed of his collection of natural specimens.
In 1731, Seba commissioned artists to make meticulous drawings of these diverse objects from his collection. He went on to publish these drawings, supplemented by a commentary, in a four-volumed set entitled Loccupletissimi Rerum Thesauri Accurata Descriptio. The large and magnificent work, incorporating an impressive total of 446 copperplate engravings, was published between 1734 and 1765, hence in part posthumously. The beautiful illustrations transport the creatures from the scientific world of mere specimens into extremely aesthetic and vivid scenes, where plants and animals intermingle.
The Seba portfolio features high quality prints that beg to be framed. Tucked in the portfolio are 14 large-format reproductions, each with a brief description.
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