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    DescriptionThis title presents Albertus Seba's curious creatures. This is a most unusual collection of natural specimens. Albertus Seba's "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 illustrations of every specimen and arranged the publication 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. Seba's scenic illustrations, often mixing plants and animals in a single plate, were unusual even for the time. The more peculiar creatures from the collection - some of them now extinct - were as curious in Seba's day as they are today. This reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-colored original. The introduction supplies background information about the fascinating tradition to which Seba's curiosities belonged. This is one of the most prized natural history books of all time.


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    Title
    Albertus Seba, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Albertus Seba, By (author) Irmgard Musch, By (author) Jes Rust, By (author) Rainer Willmann
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 234 mm
    Height: 340 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 3,084 g
    Language
    English
    French
    German
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9783836515832
    ISBN 10: 3836515830
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    LC classification: N
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: AGN
    BIC E4L: ART
    DC22: 570
    BISAC V2.8: NAT027000
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000, ART050030
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
    BISAC V2.8: SCI008000
    Abridged Dewey: 704
    BIC subject category V2: ACQ
    Libri: NATU1000
    DC23: 508
    Thema V1.0: AGN, WN, GBC, PS, PDX
    Edition
    25, Multilingual edition
    Edition statement
    25th
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (chiefly col.), col. port.
    Publisher
    Taschen GmbH
    Imprint name
    Taschen GmbH
    Publication date
    01 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cologne
    Author Information
    Irmgard Musch, born in 1967, studied art history, history and classical archaeology in Mainz and Berlin. Her Ph.D. 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 century, scientific illustrations and Kunstkammer pieces. Jes Rust, born 1963, completed his studies in geology, palaeontology and zoology at Gottingen 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 Gottingen between 1993 and 1999 was followed by his appointment in 2001 as professor of invertebrate palaeontology and insect phylogeny at the University of Bonn. Rainer Willmann holds a chair in zoology at Gottingen University, is director of its Zoological Museum, and is co-founder of its Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research. A specialist in phlogenetics and evolution, he conducts research into biodiversity and its history.