01 Seba catalogue,the frontispiece
02 portrait of Seba
03 the catalogue of the collection
04 Jacob Hoefnagel, Archetypa studiaque Patris Georgii Hoefnagelii, engravings by the son of drawings by father George published in 1592 ; each plate has a moral tag (FESTINA LENTE - make haste slowly is one).The engraving here carries the legend "I am Born. I Suffer. I Die." The choice of specimens is therefore appropriate. See Jurgis Baltrusaitis, beneath
05. typical page from Seba, an arrangement of his shells in a narrative.
The apothecary Albertus Seba formed an immense and colourful collection
of selected examples of animals, vegetables and minerals. An extraordinary
eight volume catalogue of the collection was published in Amsterdam
from 1734 - 1765 entitled Locpletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri
accurata descriptio ... . Not only were Seba's categories most
eccentric and highly personal, but the arrangement of the objects on
the page was startling and imaginative. Ten artists were employed over
a long period to prepare the etched plates.This is actually his second
Cabinet - the first (much inferior) having been sold to Peter the Great
01 The amazing Cabinet of Ferrante Imperator. From the collector's
celebration of his eccentric collection in his Historia Naturale
. Published in Venice in 1672.
02 This is a specimen of the surreal design properties of a book of 99 coloured plates illustrating 550 cross sections of marble, Marmora et adfines Aliquos Lapides coloribus suis , published in Nuremburg in 1775 21 x 25cms, and assembled by A.L.Wirsing. A sort of Cabinet of Curiosities this - and produced at a time when collectors assembled pebbles, stones and other samples for their patterns and narrative details - usually landscape but sometimes figurative.
03 a typical Cabinet of Curiosities or Wunderkammer from Il Museo Cospiano the catalogue of the Collection published in Bologna in 1677
see exhibition catalogue Objects for a Wunderkammer Colnaghi's