Of Englishe Dogges
Of Englishe Dogges,
the diuersities, the names,
the natures, and the properties.
Treatise written in latine
by Iohannes Caius of late memorie, Doctor of Phisicke in the Uniuersitie of Cambridge,
And newly drawne into Englishe by Abraham Fleming Student.
Natura etiam in brutis vim ostendit suam.
Seene and allowed.
¶ Imprinted at London
by Rychard Johnes, and are to be solde ouer against S. Sepulchres Church without Newgate.
¶ A Prosopopoicall speache
of the Booke.
SOme tell of starres th'influence straunge,
Some tell of byrdes which flie in th'ayre,
Some tell of beastes on land which raunge,
Some tell of fishe in riuers fayre,
Some tell of serpentes sundry sortes,
Some tell of plantes the full effect,
Of English dogges I sound reportes,
Their names and natures I detect,
My forhed is but baulde and bare:
But yet my bod'ys beutifull,
For pleasaunt flowres in me there are,
And not so fyne as plentifull;
And though my garden plot so greene,
Of dogges receaue the trampling feete,
Yet is it swept and kept full cleene,
So that it yeelds a sauour sweete.
The following pages are a reprint, line for line, even error for error, of the earliest book on dogs in the English language. We have not attempted to reproduce the whole of the work in fac-simile, as the original is printed in old English black letter, and it would, therefore, have been tedious to the general reader; but the arrangement and general character have been carefully preserved thronghout, and the title page is an exact copy, taken by photography, of the one to the book in the British Museum.
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