A History of Inventions and Discoveries, Volume 1

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Page 47 - but what the latter had discovered), were, in some measure, acquainted with book-keeping, and supports his conjecture by quoting Cicero's oration for Roscius. I confess that the following passage in Pliny, Fortuna omnia expensa, huic omnia feruntur accepta, et in tota ratione mortalium sola utramque paginam facit,^
Page 63 - The species Semper Augustus has been often sold for 2000 florins ; and it once happened, that there were only two roots of it to be had, the one at Amsterdam and the other at Harlem. For a root of this species, one agreed to give 4600 florins,
Page 97 - found every where, no government could guard against a misapplication of it, were it publicly known. . discovered a method of preparing from other plants a poison which, given in small doses of a dram, occasioned an easy but certain death, without any pain, and which could be kept back for a long time without causing weakness or
Page 413 - of wood from swerving. Also the timber lieth as it were upon a ladder, which is brought by little and little to the saw with another vice."—This passage was pointed out to me by Professor Sprengel of Halle. time. Pighius saw one of these, in 1575, on the Danube, near Ratisbon, when he accompanied Charles, prince of Juliers and Cleves, on his travels.*
Page 258 - on this passage, observes that a man could not then grind, and, consequently, could not bake bread for the daily use of his family.§ Grinding was at first the employment of the wo* Pistura non omnium facilis ; quippe Etruria spicam farris tosti písente pilo praeferrato, fistula serrata et stella intus denticulata, ut nisi intenti
Page 104 - but she distributed her preparation by way of charity to such wives as wished to have other husbands. From four to six drops were sufficient to destroy a man ; and it was asserted that the dose could be so proportioned as to operate in a certain time. As she was watched by the government, she fled to • See C. G.
Page 160 - in the use of food.* In the casket of Sainte Croix were found sublimate, opium, regulus of antimony, vitriol ; and a large quantity of poison ready prepared, the principal ingredients of which the physicians were not able to distinguish. Many have affirmed, that sugar of lead was the chief ingredient;
Page 428 - II consolato del mare, nel quale si comprendono tutti gli statuti et ordini, disposti da gli antichi per ogni cosa di mercantia et di navigare. Leyden 1704. 4to. To the other editions mentioned by Lange, p. 50, may be added that printed in JLM de Casaregis Discursus

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