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Chap. 7. Of another of the more immediate

causes of error :- viz. adherence unto au-

225 to 232
Chap. 8. Of authors who have most promoted
popular conceit

232 to 243 Chap. 9. Of others indirectly effecting the same 244 to 247 Chap. 10. Of the last and great promoter of

false opinions, the endeavours of Satan 247 to 258

Chap. 11. A further illustration of the same 258 to 266 The Second Book; beginning the particular part.

Of popular and received tenets concerning
mineral and vegetable bodies .

267 to 384
Chap. 1. That crystal is nothing else but ice
strongly congealed

267 to 284 Chap. 2. Concerning the loadstone; of things

particularly spoken thereof, evidently or
probably true

284 to 303 Chap. 3. Concerning the loadstone; a rejec

tion of sundry common opinions and relations

thereof; natural, medical, historical, magical 303 to 325 Chap. 4. Of bodies electrical

325 to 333 Chap. 5. Compendiously of sundry other com

mon tenets concerning 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 porce-
lain lies under the carth an hundred years in
preparation ; that a carbuncle gives a light
in the dark; of the cagle stone; of fairy
stones; with some others

334 to 358 Chap. 6. Of sundry tenets concerning vege

tables or plants, which, examined, prove
either false or dubious. Of mandrakes; that
cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mace, are but the




parts or fruits of the same tree; that misel-
toe is bred upon trees, from sceds 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

359 to 375 Chap. 7. Of some insects and the properties

of several plants. Of the death-watch ; the
presages drawn from oak-apple insects; whe-
ther all plants have seeds; whether the sap
of trees runs to the ground in winter; of

the effects of camphor ; with many others 375 to 384 The Third Book; the particular part continued.

Of popular and received tenets concerning

385 to end
Chap. 1. That an elephant hath no joints, &c. 385 to 396
Chap. 2. That the horse hath no gall 396 to 398
Chap. 3. That a pigeon hath no gall . . 399 to 403
Chap. 4. That a beaver, to escape the hunter,
bites off his testicles or stones

403 to 407 Chap. 5. That a badger hath the legs of one side shorter than of the other

408 to 409 Chap. 6. That a bear brings forth her cubs informous or unshaped

410 to 412 Chap. 7. Of the basilisk

413 to 422 Chap. 8. That a wolf first seeing a man begets a dumbness in him

422 to 424 Chap. 9. Of the long life of the deer 424 to 431 Chap. 10. That a kingfisher, hanged by the bill, sheweth where the wind lay

431 to 434 Chap. 11. Of griffins

434 to 437 Chap. 12. Of the phænix

437 to 445 Chap. 13. Of frogs, toads, and toad-stone 446 to 452 Chap. 14. That a salamander lives in the fire 452 to 455 Chap. 15. Of the amphisbæna

455 to 458 Chap. 16. That young vipers force their way through the bowels of their dam,

458 to 465

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Chap. 17. That hares are both male and female 466 to 473 Chap. 18. That moles are blind

473 to 476 Chap. 19. That lampries have many eyes 477 to 478 Chap. 20. That snails have no eyes

479 to 481 Chap. 21. That the chameleon lives only upon air

482 to 493 Chap. 22. That the ostrich digesteth iron 494 to 497 Chap. 23. Of the unicorn's horns

498 to 503 Chap. 24. That all animals of the land are in their kind in the sea

504 to 506 Chap. 25. Concerning the common

course of our diet, in making choice of some animals and abstaining from eating others

507 to 514 Chap. 26. Of the spermaceti whale

515 to 517 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 ear-wig 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 glowworm ; of the providence of pismires in biting off the ends of corn

517 to 532 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 . 533 to end.


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