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Albertus Seba, Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et inconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam,

1734–1765

The British Library

The British Library
London, United Kingdom

This illustration shows a reticulated python, native to South-East Asia. It was owned by Albertus Seba, a Dutch apothecary and collector, who took a keen interest in the potential of snakes for life-saving cures. Based in Amsterdam, Seba supplied the port’s ships with medicines, which he often traded for exotic natural specimens. In 1731, he commissioned artists to draw every item in his collection including this snake, a project that took over 30 years to complete. Shown here: vol. 2, plate CIIII

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  • Title: Albertus Seba, Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et inconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam,
  • Date Created: 1734–1765
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: Amsterdam
  • Type: Printed book
  • Original Source: 43.k.3-10
  • Rights: Public Domain. For more information visit: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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