Seba (1665-1736) was a pharmacist with an incredible passion for collecting specimens of the natural world, including shells, various animals, fish, insects, and corals. In 1731 he commissioned artists to create illustrations of his collections, and this record remains one of the most comprehensive and innovative natural history books of all time.
I haven’t really gotten into reading the text in the book, sadly. One day I will. But today I am just enjoying looking at the pictures.