Abraham Munting 1696 Sugar Cane

Catalog Number 52290
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Artist Biography:

Abraham Munting [1626 - 1683] was a Dutch botanist and botanical artist. He studied medicine and botany as a young man and traveled extensively, living for a time in France. Returning to Holland, he joined the faculty at the University of Groningen, where he remained for 24 years as an eminent professor of botany and chemistry. There he directed one of the most extensive botanical gardens of the period from 1658 to 1683. Munting’s most famous work Naauwkeurige Beschryving Der Aardgewassen (1696) was published posthumously and is an enlarged and revised version of his previous book Waare Oeffening der Planten (1672, 1682). Naauwkeurige was later republished in a series of Latin editions beginning in 1702 under the title Phytographia Curiosa. Aside from Munting, two other artists are credited, Joseph Mulder and Jan Goeree, who designed the title page art and possibly some of the landscape backgrounds in other plates.




Naauwkeurige Beschryving Der Aardgewassen



Plate No.:



Sugar Cane

Print Method:

Copper Plate Engraving


Overall Excellent

Size of Print:

20.5 x 31.8 cm. (approximately 12.5 x 8.0 in.)

Size of Leaf:

42.4 x 27.0 cm. (approximately 16.75 x 10.75 in.)


"Munting, Abraham." Herbals & Early Gardening Books from the Doris and Marc Patten Collection. www.asu.edu/lib/speccoll/patten/html/137.html (11 July 2002); Sotheby, Parke, Bernet, and Co. A Magnificent Collection of Botanical Books: Being the Finest Colour-Plate Books from the Celebrated Library Formed by Robert de Belder, April 27, 28, 1987. London: Sotheby’s, 1987; Brindle, John V., James J. White and Donald E Wendel. Flora Portrayed: Classics of Botanical Art from the Hunt Institute Collection. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1985. 396. Tomasi, Lucia Tongiorgi and Rachel Lambert Mellon. An Oak Spring Flora: Flower Illustration from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Time. New Haven: Yale University, 1997. 45.; Alice M. Coats, The Book of Flowers.

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