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SEBA, Albertus.
Emerald tree boa etc.] TAB. XCVI. [from] Tomus II Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri.
AmsterdamJ. Wetstenium & Gul Smith & Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1735. Double-page copper engraving. Overall paper size 50 x 60cm. Image size 43 x 54cm. Very good condition Figures: 1: Asian Snake; 2: Emerald tree boa; 3: Spangled cotinga; 4: Yellow-backed oriole; 5: White-crowned manakin; 6: Skeleton of a bird. Seba, the son of a Frisian peasant, was an apothecary who became rich in the service of the Dutch East India Company. Described as a 'prototypical collector' of natural curiosities and exotic species, his collections ranged from the beautiful to the obscure, including birds, reptiles, lizards and snakes, butterflies and other insects, shells and exotic sea life, unusual mammals such as bats and anteaters, as well as exotic plants. His collection also included some fantasy animals, intended to attract attention and interest, such as a seven-headed hydra.
Bookseller: Robert Frew Ltd. ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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