Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

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Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of 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, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba 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 gained international fame during his lifetime. ...

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K?ln (Cologne), Germany 2001 Hardbound first edition of Taschen edition As New in original shipping box, appears not to have been issued with a dustjacket Color illustrated ... stout paper-covered boards, contained in original shipping container. 588 pp., Text is in English. A very large book, measuring 12" wide and 17.5" high and perhaps 3" deep. Albertus Seba's Cabinet of 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, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba 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 gained international fame during his lifetime. After decades of collecting, Seba commissioned illustrations of each specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalog detailing his entire collecti Read more Show Less

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Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of 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, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba 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 gained international fame during his lifetime. After decades of collecting, Seba commissioned illustrations of each specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalog detailing his entire collection. This superb, complete reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-colored original.

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  • ISBN-13: 9783822816004
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 636
  • Product dimensions: 12.75 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 3.50 (d)

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    Beautiful Full color plates!

    As I have aquired many books in the same manor,I saw this huge beautiful book and bought it on a whim.
    Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of 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, 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 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 unusual even for the time. Many of the stranger
    and more peculiar creatures from Seba's collection, some of which
    are now extinct, were as curious to those in Seba's day as they
    are to us now.

    Our superb, complete reproduction is taken from a rare,
    hand-colored original. The introduction offers background
    information about the fascinating tradition of the cabinet of
    curiosities to which Seba's curiosities belonged and an additional
    annex, written by contemporary biologists, provides descriptions of
    the specimens.
    By the way - it's 646 pages and about 18 inches high.

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