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The Natural History of Pliny, 1855

Gaius Plinius Secundus, known as Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar and natural philosopher, compiled this extensive study of the natural world into the first known encyclopedia, Naturalis Historia or Natural History. Thirty-seven books are organized into six volumes for this 1855 edition. They describe nature, agriculture, weather, planets and stars, the history of man, and the growth of the arts.

Courtesy National Institutes of Health

Title page of a book.
  • Creator:

    Pliny the Elder