MUNTING, ABRAHAM. Phytographia Curiosa, exhibens arborem, fruticum, herbarum, & florum icones. Amsterdam: Petrus de Coup, 1727.
Folio, 420 x 262 mm., original boards backed in later paper, edges uncut, covers worn and chipped, head of spine torn, joints cracked, inner hinges split, without the repeated engraved title to part 2, engraved title and a few preliminary leaves slightly darkened, light staining to plate 203, plate 244 slightly browned, minor soft crease to plate 240.
Third issue of the Latin edition, 2 parts in one (text and plates) half-title, additional engraved title, letterpress title in red and vlack 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, woodcut initials and tail-piece, 245 engraved plates of plants, all but one unsigned but some or all possibly by Joseph Mulder.
The first Latin ediiton 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. Many of the plates show signs of wear. 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; like the Plesch copy of the 1713 issue, the last 2 plates of this copy are printed on the text paper.
cf. Hunt 404 (1702 issue); Nissen BBI 1429.
Provenance: Kenneth K. Mackenzie, bookplate and blindstamp.