Natural Wonders

Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

In 1731 the Dutch apothecary Albertus Seba commissioned four volumes of illustrations depicting each specimen in his collection of plants, animals, and insects, including the lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo and its friends. A new edition of Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, with 500 beautifully colored images, is being published by Taschen ($150).