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OLAI MAGNI        573

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GOTHI ARCHIEPISCOPI

VPSALENSIS

DE ANIMALIBVS

SYLVESTRIVM PAGANORVM

DOMESTICIS.

LIBER XVII.


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PRÆFATIO.

                                        ANIMALIVM genera vti multa, variaque sunt in toto
                                        terrarum orbe, suis provinciis, & naturis appropriata, ac
                                        distributa, vt elephantes, cameli, leopardi, leones, struthiones, Animalia calidarum regionum.
                                        tigrides, simeæ, & id genus reliqua, sine pilorum
                                        densitate in calidis terris numero incomparabili multiplicata:
                                        Ita & in frigidis regionibus complures reperiuntur
                                        bestiæ, sed valde pilosæ, propter asperrinas hyemes exuperandas: Animalia frigidarum terrarum.
                                        vt sunt vrsi albi, vri nigri, alces alti, rangiferi proceri,
                                        lupi feroces, gulones voraces, lynces perspicaces, lutræ
fallaces, castores medicinales, damulæ pavidæ, vulpeculæ astutæ, nigræ, & albæ,
atque aliæ alibi inusitatæ naturæ, & nominis bestiæ, successivis capitibus inferius
per ordinem diligentius insinuandæ: ea potissimum causa, vt pius inspector agnoscant,
quam admirabilis excessi creatoris affectus, & amor est in omnibus creaturisConservatio animalium.
suis, vbique terrarum suæ dispositioni subjectis, maxime in frigidissimo climate Septentrionalis
plagæ ( concessa naturali sagacitate ) conservandis: scilicet vt vndique
conclusa nivibus, & gelu tellure, pastum prohibente, nedum vivere, sed & genus
producere, atque alere possint, & inter asperrima elementa illæsæ manere. Sobrie
tamen de vniuscujusque animantis genere, vbicunque vivat, est sentiendum: quia invariabilis
naturæ lex ita statuit, vt nullibi melius, quam vbi productum sit, persistereLex naturæ invariabilis.
possit. Et ob id feruntur elephantes ad alienas terras producendi, non ante
naves conscendere, quam invitati rectoris jurejurando de reditu fuerint certificati.
Quod nec mirum est ( teste Plinio cap. I. octavi libri ) quia dociles sunt, Elephantum natura.
vt Regem adorent, genua submittant, coronas porrigant, atque horum
mirabiliora naturæ præcepto mirantibus cunctis, sive sua natura,
sive alieno motu committant: vivuntque, teste beato Ambrosio,
communiter CCC. annis: & hoc, vt serviant
imperiis humanis, & homo ipsi benignissimo Deo.


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