Museum Regalis Societatis or a Catalogue and Description of the Natural and Official Rarities &c

9781235646232: Museum Regalis Societatis or a Catalogue and Description of the Natural and Official Rarities &c

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1685. Excerpt: ... Appendix Os some Particulars lately given by Dr. Christopher Merret. TO which I (hall only premise a Note concerning the CLYSTER-BAG, described p. 239. of this Catalogue 5 but should have been placed in the last Part. Twas given by Sir Rob. Southwell 3 of whom I lately learn, That trie Portugal Negros, having rowled a lump of Clay into the shape mention (3 p. 2 39. they cut the Branches of a certain Tree which yields an Oily Gum, and so turn the Clay round, as the Gum drops upon it, till it hath cover'd it all over like a thick Skin 5 which being dry'd in the Sun will be almost as tough as Leather. Then picking out the Clay, it serves them for a Bladder. To which they tie the Shank of a Hare for a Pipe: and so filling it with Sea-water, as often as they feel themselves much chafed with heat, put it up for a Glyfter. These Bags they com monly hang by their fides, to be always ready for their use. The Particulars given by the Doctor are these that follow 3 with the Descriptions, in his own words. SAGU. KGum, so called. It comes from the Islands of Malacca. It drops from the Trees in small roundish Grains of the bigness of Tumep-feed, but whitish. Chewed, it tasteth somewhat clammy. Boil'd in water, exactly represents Frog-Sperm 3 and in consistence, comes nearest to Gum Tragaganth. 'Tis ufcd in Medicine and Diet. TERRA JAPONICA. Call'd also Catechu, Categu, and Cajbeu, 'Tis a Gttntmo-Resma. For most of it will dissolve in Water 3 and some parts of it only in Reft. Spirit of Wine: Most of it contains a great deal of Earth 5 the reason of the Name. 'Tis cover'd with a rough brown Coat 3 within which it comes near the colour of Aloe 3 but darker, and Ddd with.:.. t with brown earthy Particles intermix'd. The Tast Astringent and very Dry..-The Tincture of ...

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