The Wonders of the Little World: Or, A General History of Man in Six Books. Wherein By Many Thousands of Examples is Shewed What Man Hath Been From the First Ages of the World to These Times. In Respect of His Body, Senses, Passions, Affections, His Virtues and Perfections, His Vices and Defects, His Quality, Vocation and Profession, and Many Others Not Reducible to Any of the Former Heads.
By Nathaniel Wanley (1634-1680). London; Printed for T Bassett, R Cheswell, J Wright & T Sawbridge, 1678. Pages; (12), 64, 85-242, 361-520, 545-653, (5). Pagination as standard. Dimensions; large folio volume printed in double columns measuring 375 by 244mm.
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A compendium of all that is interesting in the world, apologies for the ridiculous length of the following description:- Infants as have been heard crying in the womb, dead children carried in the womb for some years, infants who have been turned to stone in the womb, 'monsters' that have been delivered from the womb, signatures and marks on the bodies of men, unnatural constitutions, the marvellous achievements of the those born with defects, unusual structure of the skull and head in some men, peculiarities of the hair and head, beards and teeth, of the manner some hearts have been found in the body.
Men who have been giants in stature, of pygmies and dwarfs, amazing force and strength of some persons, women who have given birth to large numbers of children, agility and nimbleness of some, fatness and slimness of some, persons who have lived a long time, persons who have regained youthfullness, people who changed their sex.
The terrible punishments used by persons and nations, 55 mentions Dracula- Prefect of Transalpine Hungary, splayed open the feet of Turks- rubbed salt on them- and got goats to lick the salt off with their rough raspy tongues. Unusual diseases which have seized some. Unusual ways in which men have died. State of preservations bodies have been found.
64 mentions the bodies of King Arthur and his Queen found. Persons that were thought dead that have come back to life. A man who was accidently put on his funeral fire- but was not dead yet. Strange ways by which murderers have been discovered. The force by which some have been taken by melancholy and depravity.
95- woman gives birth to a child that had the head of a cat. The power of memory in some men. The heightened senses in some men. The strange effects suffered from fear. Extraordinary learning in young persons. Examples of singular love husbands have for their wives and vice-versa. Instances of valour by famous men. Boldness of some men in desperate situations.
Famous inventions and the stories behind them. Admirable works of some curious artists. Extraordinary dexterity shown by some men instructing animals. The gallantry in which some persons have received death. Rigorous severity in which some parents have treated their children. Unnatural husbands to their wives- vice-versa, and the evil deported towards them.
Of the barbarous and savage cruelty of some men. Bitter revenges some have taken upon their enemies. Of great oppressions and unmercifulness of men and their punishments. Of the bloody cruel massacres in several places.
Prodigious appetites in some men, voracious eaters, excessive drinkers. Drunkeness. Consequences of gaming. The oversights of the some persons of great ability. Stupidity of some persons. Greedy dispositions and tributes. Of cheats and extraordinary boldness. Incestuous loves and marriages.
Such persons who have been forewarned of their death but unfortunately unable to prevent it. Those who have procured and hastened their own death. The succession of Roman and Western emperors with a description of each one, of Greek & Turkish emperors.
Such eminent sea-men or discoverers of lands or passages previously unknown. Persons who can sense the fortunes of others by looking at their face. Principal pieces of the best artists. Extraordinary feats of swimming.
Of the most famous magicians, witches and wizards. Agnes Simpson called on a spirit who appeared in physical form. Lyodor a Sicilian magician who could do about anything. Of dreams and what has been revealed therein. Of such presages/omens bestowed upon persons revealing their good or evil fortunes, and bestowed upon others by words or actions. Of famous predictions by some men and their conformable outcomes, Mackbeth the Scottish king. Illustrious persons deceived by predictions.
Magnificent buildings and wonders of the ancients, Niniveh excelled all others in greatness. Ptolomaeus Philopater built a ship 280 cubits in length/roughly 128 metres long. Of the choicest libraries in the world, Cleopatra salvaged books from the fire in Alexandria.
Constantinus erceted a library at Byzantium where was stored the gut of a 120 foot long dragon. Persons who have advanced through subtilty or by accident. Customs in use in diverse nations. Things that persons and nations have set apart and worshipped as gods. Those in the province of Manata (Columbia probably) worship a giant emerald. Portuguese stole an apes tooth worshipped in Ceylon. Those in Peru worship the preserved dead bodies of the emperors. Giant brass statues near Junquileau in China. The great temple at Singuafatur in Tartary.
Men who have performed strange deeds whilst sleepwalking. A poet Henricus Heeres used to get up and write poetry in his sleep. Persons who have slept a long time and have gone a long time without it. Persons who fell into trances and the consequences thereunto.
John Story clobbered the executioner over the head after having his privy member cut off- 'to the wonder of the bystanders'. A man who never went for a poop for twenty years, but would instead vomit the previous days excess instead of... eh pooping it. A man who's paps flowed so much milk as to suckle a child.
2 children appeared in the time of King Stephen clad in green in a stuff unknown, of a strange language and diet, one said they were from the land of St. Martyn where the sun never rises on the churches there (google it). Trouble with rats in Hammel where it was agreed a piper would free them of the vermin which he did, whereupon he played another tune and there followed 130 boys who were never seen again.
A man who grew a horn in the centre of his skull a bit like a sheeps that curled round where the other end had to be trimmed as to avoid it sticking in the skin. Of the apparition of demons and spectres and what has been endured at the sight of them. Of strange and different ways some persons have evaded death. Swelling of the sea in Zealand in 1568 killed 2000 people.
Of such persons who have taken diverse poisons without damage. Such persons as have been happily cured of diverse diseases and wounds. Of the sad condition and distresses of some by sea and land, persons who had to resort to cannibalism after being blown off course from St. Christophers. The Portuguese governor of the citadel of Diu in the East Indies along with 600 sail from Cochin- shipwrecked, embarrassed and left for dead off Ethiopia. Muscovy merchants from London left stranded in Greenland and their lengthy adventures therein. The lengthy adventures of William Oakley escaping Algiers after being overpowered and taken there by 3 Turk men of war vessels.
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