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Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (Jumbo)

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ISBN-13: 978-3822816004
ISBN-10: 3822816000
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A gorgeous testament to the wonder with which the Old World surveyed the New. -- Wall Street Journal - November 30, 2001

Perhaps this year's most unusual book. -- Town & Country, December 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Jumbo
  • Hardcover: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822816000
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822816004
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 17.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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144 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mauer on December 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I saw this huge beautiful book at a store today and nearly bought it on a whim -
even with the $150 price tag. Then I thought I'd check on Amazon
and maybe get it at a discount - no such luck.
They said they don't discount such hard-to-find titles. Well, it's certainly not hard to
find, as it is published by Taschen, and any decent bookstore has plenty of Taschen
books. It is however huge, and expensive, so there's the trouble. Here is some info on the
book directly from the publishers:

Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of 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, Amsterdam-based pharmacist
Albertus Seba (1665-1736) 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 plants and animals in a
single plate, were unusual even for the time.
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119 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Tome Raider VINE VOICE on August 28, 2002
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Let me start off by saying that I'm a huge fan of this book publisher Taschen. If you go to any book store and find yourself flipping through some spectacularly illustrated book that seems very cutting edge, there is a good chance it is a Taschen. Taschen is a company led by Benedikt and Angelika (last name: Taschen!). These people are pure and simple revolutionaries. I've been collecting books for close to 20 years, and it has really only been with the advent of Taschen that I've found myself excited by anything newly published.
This book specifically: Does the price seem a little spendy?? To the contrary. If you buy it you will be so utterly astonished at the imposing size and the overall high quality that you will find it to be the best bargain of your bargain-hunting and book-buying lifespan. This book is a work of art in its own right. The content is fabulous: spectacular color plates that reveal nature as the most creative (if not downright psychedelic) of artists. It truly is amazing to see a display of awe-inspiring bio-diversity documented in this fashion. If you are not an eager advocate for the environment, you very well may become one upon flipping through these pages. It is impossible to not feel affection for these various small and beautiful creatures, and one feels a mandate to recognize their rightful place on the planet when you have them introduced to you in this fashion. I would personally buy a copy of this for George W. Bush if I could rest assured that he would flip through every page if only once. He would have to re-examine his approach to the planet as a result, or he simply is not human.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Juliane Walker on July 5, 2005
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This is the perfect gift for an impossible to buy for person. The book is massive in size and content. Filled with interesting drawings of creatures and plants practically every page could be taken from the book and framed. I highly recommend this book to lovers of nature or art. Each time you flip it open you are bound to see something new. Cabinet of curiosities indeed!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. Jones on August 9, 2005
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Absolutely beautiful. What's not to like?!! And the price is cheaper than Alibris or anywhere else. Beautiful fold-out poster in the middle of the book. Color copy any page and frame it. It's all beautiful. I'm getting it for my nephew also. It's great for a cautious and curious 5 year-old to learn about bugs, birds, seashells and amphibians.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edith on November 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is an outstanding bargain. It is beautiful and breathtaking. I hadn't read the dimensions of the book before ordering and was really surprised when this 16 pound book arrived in its own cardboard case. The pictures are so gorgeous and some poster sized prints are included -- unfortunately, the images selected for the posters are not the most attractive of Seba's work. Before ordering, I had planned to cut out some of the prints for framing, but I can't bring myself to do that now --this book is just so amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Howard on July 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You have to see this book in person to really appreciate how beautiful it really is. Every single page is filled with excellent drawings of hundreds of animals, plants, seashells, etc. It is absolutly outstanding. Every book lover, or nature lover should add this book to their collection. The price seems expensive but when you see the book it will be the best 140 dollars you have spent in a long time.
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