Published in collaboration with the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, the superb Natura meravigliosa, published in a limited edition, features a selection of 800 hand-drawn illustrations from the museum’s collection. The museum’s collection of illustrations, comprising roughly 7000 gouache paintings and watercolours of flowers, rare plants and animals, is hugely important from a scientific and artistic standpoint. The collection dates back to the 17th century when observing and cataloguing underpinned the study of natural science and we owe the creation of this specific collection to the Duke Gaston d’ Orléans, a keen botanist. At the end of the following century the production of illustrated plates by skilled artists, which had never truly ceased, continued as part of the initiatives undertaken by the newly created Museum of Natural History (1793) up until 1905, when it was finally replaced by photographs. Natura meravigliosa is a rare and exceptional book: it features high quality reproductions of the illustrated plates and critical essays by some of the most prominent experts in the field, in an elegant slipcase, placed inside a small case with a handle.