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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities




Originally published between 1734 and 1765, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities is based on the collection of Albertus Seba, an apothecary turned obsessive collector from Amsterdam. Seba collected everything from animals to vegetables to mineral ingredients in order to produce natural remedies.

The natural curio himself, Albertus Seba!

Drawings of these varied and curious objects are beautifully illustrated in this big thick book. The shell section is especially spectacular, with the colours and shapes of each object differing so drastically from one to the other. It really makes me think about how bananas the earth is.

Enough talk. I leave you with imagery:



Shell-tacular!




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