THE NATURALL HISTORIE OF
C. PLINIUS SECUNDUS.
Translated into English by PHILEMON HOLLAND
Doctor in Physic.
|The Dedicatory Letter||P. i (unnumbered)|
|The Preface to the Reader||PP. ii-vii (unnumbered)|
|Errata||P. viii (unnumbered)|
|Plinies Epistle to T. Vespasian||PP. ix-xvi (unnumbered)|
|Book I (Pliny's table of contents)||PP. 1- (unnumbered)|
|Book II (The earth in general: weather, astronomy, the size of the earth and its nature.)||PP. 1-49|
|Book III (Geography: Europe.)||PP. 50-71|
|Book VII (The nature of man: length of life, time of gestation, biggest, smallest, life and death, inventions, and many and sundry stories.)||PP. 152-191|
|Book VIII (Terrestrial beasts other than man: elephants, bears, tigers, lions, snails, mice, rats, dormice, along with the more fabulous basilisks and so on.)||PP. 192-234|
|Book IX (Fishes and aquatic animals and their productions: mice of the Nile, pearls, purple, land-fish, lobsters, octopodes, squids, pike, oysters, and shrimp. And so on.)||PP. 234-270|
|Book X (Birds, with digressions on fertility, modes of reproduction, the enmities and friendships of animals one for the other, whether animals sleep and dream, and animal senses. And a few tirades on luxurious diet.)||PP. 270-309|
|Book XI (Insects, supposedly, although they occupy less than half of a very long book; the remainder is parts of animals (necks and gizzards and arms, that is), more asides on diet, and stories about the names of Romans.)||PP. 310-356|
|Book XII (Foreign plants, especially spices.)||PP. 356-379|
|Book XIII (More foreign plants: trees, papyrus and other aquatic plants. Another tirade on luxury, masquerading as a description of fancy tables.)||PP. 380-402|
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