Cabinet of Natural Curiosities: The Complete Plates in Colour, 1734-1765
Irmgard MuschISBN: 3822847941; 978-3-8228-4794-7;
Albertus Seba?s 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 it was common for men of his profession to collect natural specimens for research purposes, Amsterdambased 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 theworld 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...
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