Hardcover (Half Vellum)
1559 · Venice
by Pliny (Gaius Plinius Secundus)
Venice: Paul Manutium (Aldus), 1559. Hardcover (Half Vellum). Very Good Condition. 18th century vellum backed boards, worn at corners and a bit soiled, title page stained an torn with loss in a few spots and a paper repair in the gutter; scattered staining and foxing elsewhere, but generally clean, small wormtrail in the lower margin at the end of the index touching a few letters. Still about very good overall - two volumes bound as one, separate title for part two (the index). , 1-976 numbered columns [i.e. 488 pages], ,  pp. Index volume dated 1558; Ahmanson-Murphy 575
Pliny both compiled current knowledge of the world (citing over 400 authorities) and added to it himself . Not just the model for all encyclopedias to follow, it is the ur-book of reference, the model for an eclectic, boundlessly useful assortment of human knowledge. "Over and over again it will be found that the source of some ancient piece of knowledge is Pliny (Printing and the Mind of Man 5) Size: Folio. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: History; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 046914.
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