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Volume 1, Plate IV, Deciduous Leaves from Various Plants
  • Albertus Seba
    1665–1736
    born: East Frisia, Germany ; died: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Volume 1, Plate IV, Deciduous Leaves from Various Plants, 1734–1765
  • Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physiees historiam...
  • book
  • Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, Department of Special Collections, Ellis Aves H28; Courtesy of Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries; Courtesy of Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries
  • Not on display
  • EL2018.009.b
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
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Exhibition Label:
"Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World", 27-Mar-2018
Albertus Seba’s 18th-century publication Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri, better known simply as his Thesaurus, provided a wealth of botanical and zoological information. The four-volume study describes, illustrates, and categorizes a variety of naturalia from the author’s own extensive and celebrated cabinet of curiosities. Although Seba died before completing the last two volumes, he managed to produce the illustrations for books III and IV to which textual descriptions were added and falsely attributed to him because of the credibility of his name. In this plate, Seba illustrates the intravenous systems, or “skeletons,” of the leaves of a New Guinean massoy tree (a genus of evergreen trees belonging to the laurel family), along with four leaves, a flowering body, seed pods, and seeds from a plant identified to Seba only as a Caribbean “maizy tree,” but which he notes closely resembles a Lathyrus plant (a genus in the legume family). The lower register depicts leaves from an undetermined New Guinean plant that Seba calls a “gilala tree,” and the East Indian Syzygium jambos (sometimes called Rose apples, from the family Myrtaceae) and Ixora alba L. (from the family Rubiaceae) trees.