Cabinet of Curiosities

This beautifully illustrated thesaurus gives the reader a look at Albertus Seba’s collection of exotic plants and animals. Pharmacist Seba stored all his items in his house in Amsterdam. After he sold his first collection to Tsar Peter the Great in 1716, he started collecting again, and in 1734 he published the first part of his Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, a description of his ‘cabinet of curiosities’ filled with the ‘rarest natural objects’.



Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio (Amsterdam 1734) Fag.N.1.63