This week The Guardian‘s multimedia gallery features images from an early gem of scientific illustration: Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities. “Though scientists of his era often collected natural specimens for research purposes, the Amsterdam-based pharmacist’s (1665-1736) collection of animals, plants and insects gained international fame during his lifetime. After decades of collecting, Seba commissioned illustrations of every specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalogue – from strange plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, birds, and butterflies, as well as fantastic beasts, such as a hydra and a dragon.”