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HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

MDCCCLII.

PRINTED BY

cox (BROTHERS) AND WYMAN, GREAT QUEEN STREET,

LINCOLN'S-INN FIELDS.

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Chap. 3. Concerning the loadstone ; a rejection of sundry common

opinions and relations thereof; natural, medical, his-

torical, magical :

133

Chap. 4. Of bodies electrical

157

Chap. 5. Compendiously of sundry other common tenets concern-

ing minerals and terreous bodies, which, examined,

prove either false or dubious. That a diamond is

softened or broken by the blood of a goat; that glass

is poison, and that it is malleable ; of the cordial

quality of gold ; that a pot full of ashes will contain

as much water as it would without them ; of white

powder that kills without report ; that coral is soft

under water, but hardeneth in the air ; that porcelain

lies under the earth an hundred years in preparation ;

that a carbuncle gives a light in the dark ; of the eagle

stone ; of fairy stones; with some others

166

Chap. 6. Of sundry tenets concerning vegetables or plants, which,

examined, prove either false or dubious. Of man-

drakes; that cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mace, are but

the parts or fruits of the same tree ; that miseltoe is

bred upon trees, from seeds which birds let fall thereon;

of the rose of Jericho, that flowereth every year upon

Christmas Eve; of Glastonbury thorn ; that Sferra

Cavallo hath a power to break or loosen iron ; that

bays preserve from the mischief of lightning and

thunder; that bitter almonds are preservatives against

ebriety

192

Chap. 7. Of some insects and the properties of several plants.

Of the death-watch ; the presages drawn from oak-

apple insects; whether all plants have seeds ; whether

the sap of trees runs to the ground in winter ; of the

effects of camphor ; with many others

210

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Chap. 12. Of the phonix

276

Chap. 13. Of frogs, toads, and toad-stone

284

Chap. 14. That a salamander lives in the fire

291

Chap. 15. Of the amphisbæna

294

Chap. 16. That young vipers force their way through the bowels of

their dam.

297

Chap. 17. That hares are both male and female

305

Chap. 18. That moles are blind

312

Chap. 19. That lampreys have many eyes .

316

Chap. 20. That snails have no eyes

318

Chap. 21. That the chameleon lives only upon air

321

Chap. 22. That the ostrich digesteth iron

334

Chap. 23. Of the unicorn's horn

337

Chap. 24. That all animals of the land are in their kind in the sea 344

Chap. 25. Concerning the common course of our diet, in making

choice of some animals and abstaining from eating

others

346

Chap. 26. Of the spermaceti whale .

353

Chap. 27. Compendiously, of the musical note of swans before their

death; that the flesh of peacocks corrupteth not;

that they are ashamed of their legs : that storks will

only live in republicks and free states ; of the noise of

a bittern by putting the bill in a reed ; that whelps are

blind nine days ; of the antipathy between a toad

and a spider, a lion and a cock; that an earwig hath

no wings; of worms; that flies make that humming

noise by their mouths or wings; of the tainct or small

red spider ; of the glow-worm ; of the providence of

pismires in biting off the ends of corn

357

Chap. 28. That the chicken is made out of the yolk of the egg; that

snakes sting ; of the tarantula ; the lamb of Tartary ;

the swiftness of tigers ; with sundry queries

373

THE FOURTH BOOK ; the particular part continued. Of many popu-

lar and received tenets concerning man.

Chap. 1. That only man hath an erect figure

379

Chap. 2. That the heart is on the left side

. 383

Chap. 3. That pleurisies are only on the left side

. 385

Chap. 4. Of the ring finger

386

Chap. 5. Of the right and left hand

· 391

Chap. 6. On swimming and floating

402

Chap. 7. That men weigh heavier dead than alive, and before

meat than after

405

Chap. 8. That there are several passages for meat and drink 408

Chap. 9. On saluting upon sneezing

410

Chap. 10. That Jews stink

413

Chap. 11. Of pigmies

421

Chap. 12. Of the great climacterical year, that is, sixty-three 425

Chap. 13. Of the canicular or dog-days

446

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