– Contributed by Cathy Faye.
The August Book of the Month is a significant and valuable volume in our collection. The historie of the world: commonly called the natural historie of C. Plinius Secundus, translated into English by Philemon Holland, doctor in physicke by Pliny, the Elder (23 A.D. -79 A.D.) was a cornerstone in the long, taxonomic tradition of classifying and describing the contents of the natural and human sciences.
Divided into 37 books, it includes descriptions of the state of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects such as medicine, art, zoology, chemistry, and anthropology. It’s an encyclopedic account of the knowledge and lore of the ancient world and is considered by scholars to be one of the first encyclopedias of the western world.
Pliny’s Natural Historie needs your help! It is in need of restoration and is part of the Adopt a Book program at CHP. A conservation assessment indicated that the costs for treatment of the book would total $2,800.
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