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morter [. . .] it upon a marble with a litle cinnamon water and so bring it into a very fine powder. 63. Crocus Metallorum Take of the best [antimony] and [nitre] of each equall parts beat them into powder severally then mixe them together. Put them into a hot crucible with a ladle or other instrument. Let it be beaten while the noise seaseth then remove it from the fire and coole it. Then the vessell being broken, separate it from the white crust at the top and keepe it for use

64. Lapi[s] Infernalis. Take of ly of which black soap is made and boyl it to a stone in a frying pan. Do not consume all the humor. When it is cold, cut it in the form of a dice and keepe it in a glass close stopped. 65. The Preparation of Opium Dissolve the opium in spirits of wine, straine it, and evaporate it to its due consistence. Zerobabel Endecott

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Apothecary weights

Apothecary Symbols

*see abbreviations below table

Symbol Name TR (*) ME (*)
lb, li, libr. libra, pound apothecary's pound 373.243 g
ss semis half half
uncia, ounce, unce apothecary's ounce 31.103 g
Q quarta quart between 0.95 and 1.16 liters
ʒ dragma, dram dram 3.888 g
G grana, grain grain 0.065 g (65 mg)
A ana of each one of each one
lb ss libr. semi half an apothecary's pound 186.623 g
℥ ss semuncia half an apothecary's ounce 15.552 g

Name = Name in Text

TR = Translation

ME = Modern Equivalent (approx.; in grams and liters)

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