Seba's collection of scenic illustrations was one of the 18th century's greatest natural history achievements. Though scientists of his era often collected natural specimens for research purposes, the Amsterdam-based pharmacist's (1665-1736) collection of animals, plants and insects gained international fame during his lifetime. After decades of collecting, Seba commissioned illustrations of every specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalogue – from strange plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, birds, and butterflies, as well as fantastic beasts, such as a hydra and a dragon. It was published as "Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities"and was a monumental work filled with fabulous coloured illustrations.
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