Albertus Seba; .

   

Insects, Bugs, Birds, Rocks, Animals, Snakes, Sea Life etc

 

These engravings are from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.

Seba, was a wealthy Dutch apothecary and member of the Dutch East India Company, thus one of the earliest collectors of natural curiosities and exotic species. His collection  included birds, reptiles such as lizards and snakes, butterflies and other insects, shells and exotic sea life, unusual mammals such as bats and anteaters, as well as exotic plants. The collection also included some fakes, intended to attract attention and interest, such as a seven-headed hydra.

Seba’s first collection was sold to Peter the Great in 1716 and became part of his Kunstkammer or Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg, a museum of rare natural history specimens. Seba’s second collection was illustrated and described in a set of engraved-plate volumes. Seba recruited artists, including Pierre Tanje, a Dutch engraver, to illustrate his thesaurus of animals. The plates are characterized by artistic arrangements of specimens, sometimes apocryphal in color or form. Some specimens were arranged by species, while other prints including bizarre juxtapositions of seemingly unrelated animals and plants. Seba wrote most of the text for the first two volumes that accompanied the engravings..

Seba developed an interest in exotic species from his travels on the East and West Indies and purchases from world travelers. He exploited his relationship with the Dutch East India Company to advance his collection thus gathering specimens from Sri Lanka, Greenland, Indonesia, Brazil, and other far-flung places. Many of the plates from the work depicted specimens from Seba’s own collection. The sensational engravings are both scientifically accurate and aesthetically appealing.

Seba’s “cabinet of curiosities” included beautiful and bizarre subjects and attracted many natural historians, including Carl Linnaeus. Seba’s cabinet played an important part in the Linnaeus classification of the natural world. Maria Sybilla Merian also utilized his cabinet to complete her great work on Surinamese insects.  Some of Seba’s original collection is still on display in museums around the world 





Serpents Snakes Engraving Plate C Python etc
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi. They are double folio page  which are 17 x 22 inches, ( to plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £775 inc delivery double page. Framed,  glazed in bespoke gilt frame with old repairs and mends to worm holes etc. Exported minus glass for safety. Pics done outside in daylight on doortsep !




Serpents Snakes Engraving Plate 2
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi. They are double folio page  which are 17 x 22 inches, ( to plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £775 inc delivery double page. Framed,  glazed in bespoke gilt frame with old repairs and mends to worm holes etc. Exported minus glass for safety. Pics done outside in daylight on doortsep ! White marks are from historic mend






Serpents Snakes Engraving Plate 3
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi. They are double folio page  which are 17 x 22 inches, ( to plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £775 inc delivery double page. Framed,  glazed in bespoke gilt frame with old repairs and mends to worm holes etc. Exported minus glass for safety. Pics done outside in daylight on doortsep !






Serpents Snakes Engraving Plate 4
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi. They are double folio page  which are 17 x 22 inches, ( to plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £775 inc delivery double page. Framed,  glazed in bespoke gilt frame with old repairs and mends to worm holes etc. Exported minus glass for safety. Pics done outside in daylight on doortsep !



Serpents, Millipedes, Centipedes etc
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £350 inc delivery single page



Cacti, Euphorbia, Spurge , Sun Rose
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £350 inc delivery single page



Loris tardigradus Sciuridae Funambulus tristriatus Mus / Slender Loris, Squirrel, Mouse
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £350 inc delivery single page

 

Flying Squirrel, Mole, Rodent
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £650 inc delivery double page
 

Trychis fasciculata terpsiphone paradisi Croatus ruber/ Porcupine, Rattlesnake, Flycatcher
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £650 inc delivery double page



Snakes + Lizards
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £650 inc delivery double page
  

Armadillo. Cat, Birds
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £650 inc delivery double page



Fossils
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £650 inc delivery double page


Birds
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £650 inc delivery double page
 

Corals
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £650 inc delivery double page


Plants
Antique copper engravings  from the rare,  publication of Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam. The work was published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765. Seba utilized leading scientists to aid in creating Locupletissimi… including H. Boerhaave, P. van Musschenbroek, P. Massuet, H. D. Graubius, and P. Artedi.They divide between single sheet generally 17 x 11 inches, (plate mark)  and double which are 17 x 22 inches, (plate mark)  with huge margins, all are whole page £650 inc delivery double page

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