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    [Pliny the Elder]. Caius Plinius Secundus. The Historie of the World. London, 1601. First edition in English.

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    [Pliny the Elder]. Caius Plinius Secundus. The Historie of the World. Commonly Called, the Naturall Historie of C. Plinius Secundus. Translated into English by Philemon Holland. London: Adam Islip, 1601. First edition in English. Two folio volumes in one. [58], 1-156, [missing eight pages here], 165-632, [42]; [12], 632, [86] pages. Woodcut device on titles, woodcut initials. Errata leaf at the end of volume two. Contemporary leather. Recently rebacked, with the original leather laid down on the covers. Top corner of the title page and next leaf partially torn away, very slightly touching some text. Scattered foxing, but a mostly clean text. Missing four leaves (P1-P4). Fair. First translation into English of Pliny's important encyclopedic work, which was, for centuries, considered the highest authority on subjects relating to the natural and physical world, including botany, zoology, geography, pharmacology, and more. Lowndes referred to this translation as a "work of immense labour, and what few men of his time could have executed in a superior manner to Dr. Holland." A very nice copy of an important title.



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