The curiosities on this page include the wing bones of an eagle, an elephant's tooth, and a fragment of Roman tesselated pavement.
About Catalogue of Valuable Specimens
The curiosities listed in this catalogue formed the basis of 'Mr Stubbs'
The catalogue was produced in 1867. Mr Stubbs had decided to sell the collection, and so the publication was aimed at prospective buyers.
Since the late 16th century collectors of curiosities had been obsessed with classifying and rationalising the wonders and oddities of the natural world. And their collections often reflected an interest in the bizarre and mythical. Exotic shells and jewels, stuffed animals, clockwork and scientific instruments were accompanied by the stuff of fairytales - mermaids, dragons, or the footprints of giants.