“The eye-popping displays leave us in awe of the diversity of the natural world, as well as the engravers’ skill in producing these beautifully detailed plates.”
“A powerful testament to nature’s beauty and diversity.”
Seba. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities
Hardcover, 9.6 x 14.6 in., 8.81 lb, 592 pages
Albertus Seba’s 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. Inspired from a rare hand-colored original, this collection gathers all his extraordinary illustrations of strange and exotic plants, snakes, corals, as well as “double-headed monsters”, dragons, and many more.
Customer reviews (7)
Albertus Seba’s unrivaled catalog of animals, insects, and “freaks of nature”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 earned him international fame.
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 creatures that are now extinct.
Taken from a rare hand-colored original, the best-selling collection features an introduction that contextualizes the fascinating tradition of natural collections to which Seba’s curiosities belonged.
Customer reviews (7)
Astounding Addition to Any Collection
Brent, February 02, 2022
Beautiful, exquisitely detailed color plates. Even some of the oddball representations of the flora and fauna add to the fascination. The kind of book you flip through again and again.
Brandon Stokes, November 03, 2021
The illustrations in this book are beautifully printed bringing out all the details of the original art.
Francisco, October 28, 2021
Really interesting book with beautiful illustrations.
Gorgeous. Huge. Fantastic.
Widgett Walls, October 28, 2021
Glad we snagged this one. If memory serves we got the Large edition and not the XL edition, which again, if memory serves, would require its own room. But this is perfect for when you want to see gorgeous natural art and flip through a freaking tome in the privacy of your own home.
Stunning and amazing!
David, October 27, 2021
I own two editions of this book. This larger edition is highly recommended, since the illustrations are large enough to immerse one into the actual world of the book. As a publisher, TASCHEN has selected an area of study that the public might not encounter aside from having this book in hand. As with all b
Everything you want to know and more
Marzia, October 27, 2021
This book opens your mind to the vastness of the so called "de rerum mundi".
Un magnifique livre sur la nature
Sophie, November 02, 2021
J’ai offert ce livre à mon père qui a été séduit par la qualité des images et du contenu