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PLINIUS Secundus, Gaius (23-79). Historia naturalis. Edited by Johannes Baptista Palmarius. Venice: Bernardinus Benalius, '1497' [not before 13 February 1498].
PLINIUS Secundus, Gaius (23-79). Historia naturalis. Edited by Johannes Baptista Palmarius. Venice: Bernardinus Benalius, '1497' [not before 13 February 1498].
PLINIUS Secundus, Gaius (23-79). Historia naturalis. Edited by Johannes Baptista Palmarius. Venice: Bernardinus Benalius, '1497' [not before 13 February 1498].
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PLINIUS Secundus, Gaius (23-79). Historia naturalis. Edited by Johannes Baptista Palmarius. Venice: Bernardinus Benalius, '1497' [not before 13 February 1498].

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PLINIUS Secundus, Gaius (23-79). Historia naturalis. Edited by Johannes Baptista Palmarius. Venice: Bernardinus Benalius, '1497' [not before 13 February 1498].

The Historia naturalis is a great encyclopedia containing all knowledge of the ancient world. It covers geography, cosmology, medicine, zoology, botany, history, philology, mineralogy and the arts and literature. It is also an important source for the study of ancient art, as it discusses the development of sculpture and painting and details techniques of metalworking and silversmithing. The Historia naturalis remained a standard reference work into the Renaissance and formed the basis for medieval encyclopedias such as the Catholicon by Balbus and the Etymologiae by Isidore of Seville. This edition incorporates readings from the Castigationes Plinianae of Hermolaus Barbarus. HC *13101; BMC V, 377; BSB-Ink P-609; CIBN P-468; IGI 7891; Klebs 786.14; Goff P-799.

Royal folio (350 x 235mm). 268 leaves. Greek and Roman types. First initial decorated with floral motives in orange, green, blue and pink, 2- to 10-line initial spaces with guide-letter and initials alternating in red or blue, red or blue paragraph marks, upper part of a coloured coat of arms within natural and architectural surroundings on the lower margin of c1r (occasional leaves affected by a few small holes, filled in, one or two instances of ink corrosion touching a few letters, minute stain on the decorated initial, the coat of arms cropped). 20th-century red morocco gilt by Brugalla (signed and dated 1947), vellum doublure (light rubbing to the edges). Provenance: upper part only of a contemporary coat of arms incorporating three bull’s heads on blue – three early inscriptions on title, obscured in ink at an early stage, and several cropped early marginalia.
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