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1 Meadow-green jasper
2 Salmasius erroneously takes this to be the Turquoise. It is our skyblue jasper, no doubt. See Beckmann, Hist. Inv. Vol. I. p. 471, Bohn's Edition.
3 See B. vi. c. 2.
4 The Bamberg MS. gives "Calchedon" here.
6 "Northern," apparently.
7 "Sky-blue," mentioned above.
8 See Chapter 31. Red jasper, or perhaps Red porphyry.
9 "Aut" appears to be a preferable reading to the "ut" of the Bambarg MS.
10 See B. xv. cc. 12, 13.
11 "Terebinthizusa." Yellow jasper, Ajasson says.
12 See Chapter 18 of this Book.
13 "Seal stone." A kind of carnelian, probably.
14 "Publico gemmarum dominio iis tantum dato, quoniam optime signent." The above is the sense given to the passage by Holland, Ajasson, and Littré; but another translation may also be suggested— "A stone to which alone, by general consent, is awarded the custody of precious stones, from the fact that it makes the best impression as a seal." In reference to the custom of putting a seal on the dactyliothecæ, or jewel-caskets. See page 80 of this Book.
17 Albertus Magnus, De Mineral. B. ii., has several other stories respecting it of a similar nature.
18 Jasper onyx.
19 Identified by Ajasson with snow-flake chalcedony.
20 Spotted jasper onyx.
21 See B. xxxi. c. 41.
22 Smoked jasper onyx.
23 It is still used for making vases, boxes, knife-handles, and other articles, and is much used in the manufacture of Florentine mosaics. We may also remark, that the "iaspis" of Pliny probably included some stones not of the jasper kind.
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