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    [Botany]. Abraham Munting. Phytographia curiosa, exhibens arborum, fruticum, herbarum, & florum icones. Amsterdam: Petrus de Coup, 1727. First Latin edition, presumed third issue. Two parts in one folio volume. 15.3125 x 9.5 inches; 392 x 254 mm. [xxvi], 47, [1, blank] pages. With engraved title-page (used here as a frontispiece) and 245 engraved botanical plates inserted at rear. With allegorical vignette on title-page and two engraved headpieces on pages [iii] and 25 by Goeree. Title-page printed in black and red. Without half-title and dedication leaf. Nineteenth-century half marbled calf over marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, black gilt morocco lettering label, speckled edges, brown endleaves. Edgewear to binding (especially at spine and corners), joints starting, hinges just starting. Text somewhat toned, frontispiece repaired at inner margin, all inserted plates with small circular inkstamp of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society near the bottom (their bookplate is present on the front pastedown), plates twenty-five and twenty-six are trimmed smaller (and most likely supplied), some soiling and foxing in text and plates, prominent dampstaining on plates 144 to 245, plate thirty two has small marginal repairs, a few leaves with minor marginal worming. Plates one to forty eight with neat ink captions in an unknown hand. On the bookplate is a manuscript note placing ownership of the Burnham Antique Bookstore. A later sticker tab is on the upper edge of the rear free endpaper. Still, a very good copy. "The illustrations are remarkable for their elegance and originality" (Oak Spring Flora 45). This is perhaps the most handsome and influential botanical of its day, with its near-dreamlike depiction of plants suspended above cityscapes and other backgrounds. Nissen BBI 1429; Hunt 404.

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