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Seba. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

Hardcover, 9.4 x 13.1 in., 6.88 lb, 416 pages
US$ 40
Discover the weird and wonderful world of 18th-century natural historian Albertus Seba. This big and beautiful reprint of his Cabinet of Natural Curiosities depicts countless rare and exotic animals, plants, and insects from around the world. Drawings of snakes, shells, and mythical beasts appear in stunning shades and intricate detail, each reproduced from a precious hand-colored original.

Albertus Seba’s Curious Creatures

A most unusual collection of natural specimens
The Cabinet of Natural Curiosities of Albertus Seba (1665–1736) 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 Seba’s era often collected natural specimens for research purposes, the Amsterdam-based pharmacist 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 illustrations of every specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalogue. The nature Wunderkammer featured everything from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, birds, and butterflies, as well as fantastic beasts, such as a hydra and a dragon. Many illustrations mixed plants and animals into a single scenic plate.

This reproduction is taken from a rare hand-colored original and features an introduction to the natural history and collecting traditions in which Seba played such an important role.
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.

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