[SEBA, Albertus]

[Southern Common Opossum]

£500

[Southern Common Opossum]
TAB XXXIX [from: Locupletissimi Rerum Natualium Thesauri Accurata Descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam].
[Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith, Amstelaedami], [1735]

[Southern Common Opossum]

Description

Seba, a wealthy Dutch apothecary and member of the Dutch East India Company, was one of the prototypical collectors of natural curiosities and exotic species. His collection ranged from the beautiful to the odd and bizarre. It 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.

Description

Copper engraved plate on chainlink paper.

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