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BOTANY -- MUNTING, A. 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 geneeskrachten. Leyden/Utr., P. v.d. Aa/F. Halma, 1696. (38) pp., 930 cols., (64) pp. W. engr. front., 12 engr. head- & tailpieces, & 243 fine (mostly full-p.) engr. plates. Fol. Old blind tooled cf. over wooden brds. w. raised bands, w. brass clasps & heart shaped catches. (Spine ends and corners a bit dam./chafed, label gone, margins a bit stained in places, slightly browned, but a good and complete copy w. strong impressions of the plates.

Abraham Munting (1626-83), graduated MD at Angers. At Groningen he was appointed an assistant to his father and after his father's death professor extraordinary of botany. 'Naauwkeurige Beschryving der Aardgewassen' is Munting's best known work, published after his death. It is an improved version of earlier editions of 'Waare Oeffening der Planten'. It contains in-depth descriptions of the cultivation of plants, trees, shrubs, etc. as well as their medicinal properties. - Nissen BBI, 1429; Pritzel 6559; Hunt 404: "The plates are as curious as their subjects. They commonly present the plants far larger than life, oranges huge as pumpkins, cyclamens with heavy corms floating lightly in mid-air, gentle geraniums grown into giant trees. The effect is obtained through sketching in classical or idyllic or mountainous little landscapes below."

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