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The history of four-footed beasts and serpents: describing at large their true and lively figure, their several names, conditions, kinds, virtues (both natural and medicinal) countries of their breed, their love and hatred to mankind, and the wonderful work of God in their creation, preservation, and destruction. Interwoven with curious variety of historical narrations out of Scriptures, fathers, philosophers, physicians, and poets: illustrated with divers hieroglyphicks and emblems, c. both pleasant and profitable for students in all faculties and professions. Collected out of the writings of Conradus Gesner and other authors, by Edward Topsel. Whereunto is now added, The theater of insects; or, Lesser living creatures: as bees, flies, caterpillars, spiders, worms, c. A most elaborate work: by T. Muffet, Dr. of Physick. The whole revised, corrected, and inlarged with the addition of two useful physical tables, by J.R. M.D.

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    SR - OS - 97/

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    [16], 818, [18], 889-1130, [6] pages : illustrations ; 2°.

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    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

General note: Half-title reads: The history of four-footed beasts, serpents, and insects. Vol. 1 is largely a translation of books 1 and 5 of "Historia animalium" by Konrad Gesner, with additions by Topsell. The second part has separate dated title page (3D6r), "The history of serpents. Or, The second book of living creatures: ... By Edvvard Topsell.", with imprin "printed by E. Cotes". Vol. 2, a translation of "Insectorum sive minimorum animalium theatrum", has separate dated title page (4F1r), "The theatre of insects: or, Lesser living creatures. ... By Tho. Mouffett", with imprint "printed by E.C.". Signatures: A8 B-3Z6 4A4 4F-5C6 5D4; some staining; some show-through in the preliminaries UK-SuSCL Cited in: Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), G624 Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich. University Microfilms, 1962. 1 microfilm reel ; 35mm. (Early English books, 1641-1700; 70:1). Ownership and custodial history: Beisly bequest, 1896 UK-SuSCL Binding Information: Contemporary full calf with gold-tooled panel, re-backed UK-SuSCL