Pp. 543, (1); frontispiece colored portrait Albertus Seba, 24 color text figures in the new introduction, colored title page, 449 full page color plates. Publisher's original red laminated boards illustrated with a "25" signifying the 25th anniversary of the publisher, Taschen, color pictorial dust jacket, in matching color pictorial hard slipcase, decorated endpapers, lg folio (15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches). This "large folio edition" is edited by Irmgard Musch. '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 it was common for men of his profession to collect natural specimens for research purposes, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba (1665-1736) had a passion that led him far beyond the call of duty. His amazing, unprecedented collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. In 1731, after decades of collecting, he commissioned illustrations of every specimen and arranged the publication of a four volume catalogue detailing his entire collection - from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, insects, butterflies and more, as well as fantastic beasts such as a seven-headed hydra. The beautiful illustrations transport these creatures from the scientific world of specimens into extremely aesthetic and vivid scenes, where plants and animals intermingle. It is this narrative element that continues to lend the book much of its special fascination. This magnificent reproduction of all 449 of the original plates is taken from a rare, hand colored copy at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague' (from the front jacket flap). No ownership marks and no signs of use. This is a very large and heavy book (weights 12 lbs) - extra postage will be required for shipment. Shipping outside the USA will cost more than the value of the book. A fine (new) copy in a fine dust jacket in a fine slipcase. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities: The Complete...
Publisher: Koln, Germany: Taschen, . First edition.
Publication Date: 2005
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