The Botanical Paradise of Groningen

Exploring the world of 17th-century botany and botanical illustration with Stéphane Clavreuil Rare Books

Monday, March 13

2PM – 2.30PM CET

Stand 600, MECC Maastricht

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Botanist, professor, and physician Abraham Munting (1626–1683) took over the care of the first botanical garden in the Dutch city of Groningen that had been created by his father, Henricus Munting, in 1626. Named “The Paradise of Groningen” by contemporaries, the abundant flora gave him a wealth of source material for various botanical studies, which are of great linguistic and taxonomic importance. They remain an important source of Dutch names for European herbs and plants, and are best known for their many detailed engravings of the botanical world. One of his most complete and detailed studies, Munting’s posthumously published Naauwkeurige Beschryving Der Aard-Gewassen (1696) explores the botanical world and its healing powers. For the Naauwkeurige Jan Goeree created a new set of plates. His aesthetic interventions embellishing the engravings with landscapes in the background and Latin inscriptions of plant names left an undeniable mark on the history of botanical illustration.

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Cover image MUNTING, Abraham, Naauwkeurige Beschryving der Aardgewassen..., Leyden & Utrecht, Pieter van der Aa & François Halma, 1696 – Auricula Ursi Borraginoides. © François Doury.