Albertus Seba’s curious creatures: a most unusual collection of natural specimens Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities is one of the 18th century’s. Seba’s collection of scenic illustrations was one of the 18th century’s greatest natural history achievements. Here is a pick of images from the. Shells and other Marine Life from Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities ( ). The Dutch pharmacist and collector Albertus Seba () was an.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Massive Oversized Hardcover With Slipcase. Inafter decades of collecting, Seba commissioned illustrations of every specimen and arranged Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities of a four-volume catalog — 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.

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His later collections were auctioned after his death. Seba is commemorated in the scientific names of two species and one subspecies of snakes: Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Though scientists of his era often collected natural specimens for research purposes, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba was unrivaled in his passion. Linnaeus found Seba’s collection to be useful for the classification system which Linnaeus was developing, and Linnaeus used many of Seba’s specimens as holotypes for original descriptions of species. Inseveral years after Seba’s death, his second collection went on auction in Amsterdam. Author Albertus Seba, Jes Rust.


The more peculiar creatures from the collection — some of them now extinct — were as curious in Seba’s day as they are today. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Number of bids and bid amounts may be slightly out of curiositles. From the Cabinet of Albertus Seba. In the following several years, Seba managed to develop another collection of natural specimens, which grew more extensive than the first. Jes Rustborncompleted his studies in geology, palaeontology and zoology at Gottingen and Kiel. Curiosities of Wlbertus History, in Four Volumes: Seba’s scenic illustrations, often mixing plants and animals in a single plate, were nqtural even for the time.

Several objects were purchased by the Petersburg Academy of Sciences. Very nice and clean. Minor shelf and handling wear, overall a clean solid copy with minimal signs of albertu. From he delivered drugs to the Russian court in Saint Petersburg and sometimes accepted fresh ginger as payment.

She has published on art of the 18th and 20th century, scientific illustrations and Kunstkammer pieces. The introduction supplies background information about the fascinating tradition of natural Cabinet of Natural Curiosities.

The last two of the four volumes were published after his death and Engraving depicting different views of the hedgehog in the Thesaurus. Each portfolio contains 14 large format reproductions, each described briefly.

His assistantship at the Institute of Zoology in Gottingen between and was followed by his appointment in as professor of invertebrate palaeontology and insect phylogeny at the University of Bonn. Curoisities Temple of Flora. Today, the original plate volume is on permanent exhibit at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The HagueNetherlands.


Seba accumulated one of the largest cabinets of curiosities sbea the Netherlands during his time. Exceptional customer service Get specialist help and advice. This reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-colored original.

His thesis dealt with the evolution of fossil snails living in the fresh and brackish waters of prehistoric Greece. His amazing collection of animals. The introduction supplies background information about the fascinating tradition of natural collections to which Seba’s curiosities belonged. This superb, complete reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-colored original. Keep up-to-date with NHBS products, news and offers.

His amazing collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime.

Views Read Edit View history. Born curiositiea Etzel, Seba moved to Amsterdam as an apprentice and, aroundopened a pharmacy near the harbour.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters. He sold one of his cabinets in to Peter the Great of Russia. See the contents page photo.

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