Batman vppon Bartholome his booke De proprietatibus rerum, newly corrected, enlarged and amended: with such additions as are requisite, vnto euery seuerall booke: taken foorth of the most approued authors, the like heretofore not translated in English. Profitable for all estates, as well for the benefite of the mind as the bodie. 1582.
Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th cent., Trevisa, John, d. 1402., Batman, Stephen, d. 1584.

¶Of Ametisto. chap. 10.

AMetistus is a stone of Inde, & is chiefe among precious stones of purple co∣lour, as Isi. saith. Amatistus is purple in colour, medled with colour of violet, as it were a blasing rose, and tightly rasting out as it were glisning beames of light. Isidore saith that the other kinde there∣of Page  256 is much like to blewe, and is not all firie, but it hath colour of wine. And fiue kindes be thereof, as Isidore say∣eth. But as Dioscondes sayeth: The Purple red is most noble and bet∣ter then the other. For the vertue there∣of helpeth against dronkennesse, and ma∣keth waking: and remoueth awaye idle thoughts, and maketh good vnderstan∣ding, and is soft, so that men may graue and write therein.

(*Amethistus, a stone called an Ame∣thist, of colour purple: but the more Rose coulour the better.)