Книга: Albertus Seba «Cabinet of Natural Curiosities / Das Naturalienkabinett / Le cabinet des curiosites naturelles»

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities / Das Naturalienkabinett / Le cabinet des curiosites naturelles

Производитель: "TASCHEN"

Серия: "Bibliotheca Universalis"

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 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, Amsterdambased pharmacist Albertus Seba 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, Seba commissioned illustrations of each and every specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalog 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 hydra and a dragon. Seba`s scenic illustrations, often mixing... ISBN:978-3-8365-5437-4

Издательство: "TASCHEN" (2015)

Формат: 150x210, 592 стр.

ISBN: 978-3-8365-5437-4

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Albertus Seba

Albertus Seba (May 12 1665, Etzel near Friedeburg - May 2 1736, Amsterdam) was a Dutch pharmacist, zoologist and collector.

Born in East-Frisia, Seba moved to Amsterdam as an apprentice and opened around 1700 a pharmacy near the harbour. Seba asked sailors and ship surgeons to bring exotic plants and animal products he could use for preparing drugs. Seba also started to collect snakes, birds, insects, shells and lizards in his house. From 1711 he delivered drugs to the Russian court in Saint Petersburg and sometimes accepted fresh ginger as payment. Seba promoted his collection with the head-physician to the czar, Robert Arskine, and early 1716 Peter the Great bought the complete collection. Seven months later seventeen trunks arrived in Russia. With Seba as an intermediate, Frederik Ruysch, a famous botanist, again sold his collection to the czar. A special building was designed, and from 1728 till 1830 both collections were exposed in the Kunstkammer. With the acquisition of the two collections, the Russian Academy of Sciences had two modern, very well-documented collections at its disposal. [In 1752, several years after his death, Seba's second collection went on auction in Amsterdam. The Petersburg Academy hastened to try and buy several objects.]

In 1728 Seba had become a member of the Royal Society. In 1735 Linnaeus visited him twice. In 1734 Seba had published a "Thesaurus" of animal specimens with beautiful engravings. The full name of the "Thesaurus" is, with a dual Latin–Dutch title, "Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio — Naaukeurige beschryving van het schatryke kabinet der voornaamste seldzaamheden der natuur" (Accurate description of the very rich thesaurus of the principal and rarest natural objects). The last two of the four volumes were published after his death (1759 and 1765). Today, the original 446-plate volume is on permanent exhibit at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague, Netherlands. Recently, a complete example of the "Thesaurus" sold for US $460,000 at an auction. In 2001, Taschen Books published a reprint of the "Thesaurus".

References

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* Driessen, J. (1996) Tsaar Peter de Grote en zijn Amsterdamse vrienden.
* Driessen-Van het Reve, J.J. (2006) De "Kunstkamera" van Peter de Grote. De Hollandse inbreng, gereconstrueerd uit brieven van Albert Seba en Johann Daniel Schumacher uit de jaren 1711-1752.

External links

* [http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/books/classics/all/facts/01661.htm Taschen Books: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities] , Catalogue for Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities on the Taschen website
* [http://www.cabinetofnaturalcuriosities.com Cabinet of Natural Curiosities] , Brooklyn-based folk/experimental music and art collective named after Albertus Seba's collection of oddities
* [http://www.kb.nl/galerie/100hoogtepunten/063-en.html Cabinet of curiosities] Web page of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek on the "Thesaurus" exhibition

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