Famous work of Albertus Seba

The four impressive folio volumes published in Amsterdam 1734-1765, will be sold on auction Rare Books, Maps & Manuscripts 1 October.

Famous work of Albertus Seba

One of the most interesting lots are Albertus Sebas' famous work on his natural cabinet. This lavish work of four impressive volumes in large folio, published in Amsterdam 1734-1765, is richly illustrated with about 450 engraved plates depicting fish, snakes, birds, shells and all sorts of animals.

Provenance is the famous Swedish mycologist, Elias Fries and his family.

Amongst other interesting manuscripts and letters, we offer a nice illuminated manuscript, or Livre d'heure, written on vellum during the second half of the 15th century.

You will also find Emanuel Swedenborg's rare work Camena Borea printed in Greifswald in 1715, known from only three libraries worldwide. This political allegory describes the political and military events of the Great Northern War.

The auction also contains a fine collection of views and maps of Stockholm whith rare plates such as Padt Brugge's engraving of "the Stockholm Bloodbath" from 1676 and Werner von Rosenfelt's famous and rare map from 1702.

Amongst the maps you will find two early maps of Scandinavia after Ptolemaeus from the early 1500s, Swedish geographer Daniel Djurberg's Australia map, Ortelius' monster-filled map of Iceland and many other interesting maps and battle plates of Finland, Åland, Russia and the Baltics.

Very unusual are also letters by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. He wrote many letters to his German friend and art collector Richard Mengelberg, and here we offer four letters and two postcards.


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