C. Plinii Secundi
Naturalis Historiae. Tomus Tertius. (Liber XXV-XXXVII). Volume 3 only
Lugd. Batavorum. Ex Officina Elseviriana. 1635. 582 pp. Index XVII., Original vellum binding with gold-tooled supralibros on both sides. Some underlining with pencil (can easily be removed). Title page missing, but added in facsimile. Blank endpapers missing. Library stamp on page 3 and last page. Some slight damp-stains on the last few pages, but in general the paper is in a very nice and clean condition.
Ref: Willems 428; Berghman 2116; Rahir 420; Schweiger 2,790; Brunet 4,716; Graesse 5,341; Ebert 1729; Fabricius/Ernesti 2,197; Dibdin 2,323/24; Moss 2,480 This Pliny edition of 1635 was edited by the Dutch scholar Joannes de Laet. Compiled by Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) but published 14 centuries later in 1469, Historia Naturalis was the first printed book on natural history. It is thought to contain at least 30,000 pieces of information, touching upon all knowledge of the natural world during Pliny's time. Its breadth of subject matter made it a model for all later encyclopaedias. Contents: 15) Plants: the olive tree; oil and its uses; fruit and nut trees. 16) More trees, mostly evergreens. 17 Fruit trees and vines and the art of planting them. 18) How to run a farm. 19) Garden plants, including a long section on flax. 20) More garden plants: mostly vegetables. 21) Flowers. 22) Miscellaneous plants, including dye plants. 23) Medicinal properties of wine, vinegar, oil, nuts, fruit. 24) Medicinal properties of trees and herbs. 25) Medicinal properties of herbs. 26) Major medicinal herbs. The book opens with a section on new diseases. 27) Minor medicinal herbs, in roughly alphabetical order. 28) Medicinal uses of the human body's own products (and discussion of charms); of animal products. 29) Medicinal uses of animal products, continued; but the book starts with a long stiff diatribe against doctors. 30) Medicinal uses of animal products, continued; this time the book starts with a preamble about magic arts. 31) Medicinal uses of marine products: salt, plants, sponges, etc. 32) Medicinal uses of marine animals. 33) Metals: mostly gold, silver and mercury. 34) Metals: bronze and lead; but mostly a discussion of statues, in fact. 35) Uses of earth; but starting with pigments, is mostly a discussion of painters, although the end of the Book goes back to sulphur. 36) Stone. The first half is about sculpture; then a bit of fascinating architecture (obelisks, the Pyramids, the Cretan labyrinth), finally various building materials (plaster, sand, stone), then glass. 37) Stones: rock crystal, amber, gemstones; semi-precious stones.
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