PLINIUS SECUNDUS. Naturalis hystoriae libri xxxvii. Par., N. de Pratis for Fr. Regnault, (1514). (20), 257 lvs. W. ti. printed within woodcut border incorporating fine woodcut printer's device with elephant. Fol. Cont. blind tooled h. pigskin over wooden brds. w. raised bands and clasps. (Some small rep. to spine, sev. tiny wormholes, margins stained in places, some minor foxing, with several marg. annot in an old hand and a drawing of classical compass winds on blank v° of leaf cc1).Pliny's work, containing all that was known in ancient Roman times concerning mathematics, physics, cosmography, astronomy, geography, anthopology, physiology, medicine, zoology, agriculture, botany, mineralogy, commerce, and the history of art, remained the major source of knowledge throughout the Middle Ages. It was first printed in 1469 by Johannes de Spira of Venice. - Reprint of the first Paris edition of 1511, edited by Nicolas Maillard. (Collation: aa6 bb8 cc6 c-z8 &8 A-I8 K6 L8). - Adams P1553; Schweiger I, 785.