The monumental work of Abraham Munting (Groningen 1626-1683) on botany. Munting managed the Hortus Botanicus in Groningen and was professor of botany at that university. Munting was a famous botanist. The plant genus Muntingia (1753) was named after him by Linnaeus.
Naauwkeurige Beschryving der Aardgewassen, Waar in de veelerley Aart en bijzondere Eigenschappen der Boomen, Heesters, Kruyden, Bloemen, Met haare Vrugten, Zaden, Wortelen en Bollen, Neevens derzelver waare Voort-teeling, gelukkige Aanwinning, en heylzaame Genees-krachten, (...).
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa; Utrecht, François Halma, 1696.
Large folio format (40.5 × 28 cm). Original leather binding with richly gilt-stamped spine.
The book contains a beautiful frontispiece and no less than 243 full-page botanical prints. The prints are not only accurate, but also very nicely presented, with beautiful background scenes and decorations. Also several prints in the text. Pagination: (20), 930 (=465, because text in two columns), (64) pp.
Interior is fine. Paper is sometimes slightly tanned. Some leaves with spots. Some prints are (partly) loose. Binding needs some restoration. The leather is slightly worn, especially at the corners. The hinges are partly broken and there is damage to the leather on the spine. Binding is still tight around the bookblock.
In front of the book is a loose leaf with an 18th-century manuscript poem:
Wel munting, waer hebt gij gewandelt,
in uwen tuin of in het veld?
Was de natuur daer dus mishandelt
met die Versiersels vergeselt.
Met al die Wimpels, en tot besluijt,
den hoogleeraar die lacht u uit.
With signature: “Linnaeus ph: Botan: ii ichnographi male pinxit Munting”
Fine and complete copy of this monumental botanical work.
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