MUNTING, Abraham. Phytographia Curiosa, exhibens arborum, fruticum, herbarum, & florum icones. Amsterdam: Petrus de Coup, 1727.
2 parts in one volume (text and plates), 2o (402 x 250 mm). Half-title, additional engraved title, letterpress title in red and black with engraved vignette by G. v. Gouwen, engraved dedication leaf to Dr. Benjamin Fagel incorporating his coat-of-arms, 2 engraved head-pieces (the second repeated once) by J. Baptiste [Monnoyer] after J. Goeree, and 245 engraved plates of plants, all but one unsigned but some or all possibly by Joseph Mulder. (Possibly lacking the title for the second part, light browning, a few marginal tears, tiny rust hole to plate 192). Contemporay vellum, spine ink lettered.
First Latin Edition, third issue. The first Latin edition of Munting's Naauwkeurige Byschryving der Aardegewassen (1696) appeared in 1702; it was reissued, with the title-page reset, in 1713 and 1727. The shorter text, replacing the original Dutch descriptions, is a list of Latin synonyms by Francis Kiggelaer. This copy lacks the repeated engraved title to part 2, which is called for by Hunt, and was included in the 1713 reissue, but possibly not in this last issue. The paper conforms to Hunt's description of the 1702 issue, with the text printed on sheets from double moulds, with horizontal chainlines, and most of plates on regular single mould-sheets with vertical chainlines.
"The illustrations are remarkable for their elegance and originality" (Oak Spring Flora 45). "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" (See Hunt 404). Oak Spring Flora 45; Nissen BBI 1429.