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Seba. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.64 lb, 752 pages
US$ 20
Exotic plants, corals and crocodiles, birds and butterflies. Albertus Seba’s extraordinary catalog of natural specimens is not only one of the 18th century’s greatest natural history achievements, but also one of the most prized natural history books of all time. It is a beautiful tribute to the breadth and the detail of creatures great and small, as well as to some now-extinct animals.

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Spectacular Specimens

Albertus Seba’s unrivaled catalog of animals, insects and plants
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.
The authors

Irmgard Müsch, born in 1967, studied art history, history, and classical archaeology in Mainz and Berlin. Her PhD thesis from 1999 examines Johann Jakob Scheuchzer’s Kupfer-Bibel, a richly illustrated scientific commentary on the Bible from the early 18th century. She has published on art of the 18th and 20th centuries, scientific illustrations, and Kunstkammer pieces.

Jes Rust, born 1963, completed his studies in geology, paleontology, and zoology at Göttingen and Kiel. His thesis dealt with the evolution of fossil snails living in the fresh and brackish waters of prehistoric Greece. His assistantship at the Institute of Zoology in Göttingen between 1993 and 1999 was followed by his appointment in 2001 as professor of invertebrate paleontology and insect phylogeny at the University of Bonn.

Rainer Willmann holds a chair in zoology at Göttingen University, is director of its Zoological Museum, and is cofounder of its Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research. A specialist in phylogenetics and evolution, he conducts research into biodiversity and its history.

Seba. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.64 lb, 752 pages
Bibliotheca Universalis — Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!

Customer reviews (4)

Beautifully Illustrated

Caroline, October 27, 2021
This book is beautifully illustrated and would be a great addition to the library of any nature lover.


Anne R., October 27, 2021
All this this is the small version, its still super pretty and for myself as an artist full of drawing examples and inspiration!


Thery, November 12, 2021
Tres curieux de connaître par rapport ce livre tres bien illustré,des animaux vertebres et autres,de part le monde,de la nature.

Seba. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

Isabel, October 29, 2021
Es un libro fantástico para apreciar los dibujos de botánica, la calidad/precio inigualable.