Title Page

The Historie of the World.

Commonly called,


Translated into English by PHILEMON HOLLAND
Doctor in Physic.


The Contents

The Dedicatory LetterP. i (unnumbered)
The Preface to the ReaderPP. ii-vii (unnumbered)
ErrataP. viii (unnumbered)
Plinies Epistle to T. VespasianPP. 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 IV (Geography: Greece, and the Lies of the Greeks.)PP. 72-89
Book V (Geography: Africa and Magna Graecia.)PP. 90-114
Book VI (Geography: Asia. Wondrous shapes of men. Divisions of the Earth.)PP. 114-151
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
Book XIV (Plants of Italy: The vine.) PP. 403-428
Book XV (Fruit-bearing Trees: Olives, apples, pears, nuts and so on.) PP. 428-454


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