Munting (1713)

Abraham Munting


Phytographia Curiosa by Abraham Munting (1626-1683), published in Amsterdam in 1713, was emphatically for botanists and gardeners, not apothecaries. Munting lived in Groningen where he succeeded his father as Professor of Botany. Phytographia Curiosa is a truly majestic work, many of its beautifully drawn and skilfully engraved plants given a touch of splendour by being set against a suitable background. So we find Ligustrum ( privet) in a Dutch village scene where it would be a typical hedging plant. There is a magnificent baroque frontispiece by J.Goeree, famous decorator of maps. Shown here is a cyclamen levitating above Roman ruins.