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 Sardio. cap. 89.

SArdius is a precious stone of red colour as it were red earth, & hath that name, for it was first found in Sar∣dis, as Isid. saith, and the Glose sup. A∣poc. Though this stone be precious & faire, yet many account it least in value of precious stones: for as they meane, ex∣cept shining, there is no profit therwith, but onely that the stone Onix maye not grieue in his presence: for as it is sayd, Onichinus, that hath some euill proper∣ties, may not shewe them in déede, in presence of the stone Sardius. And Dio∣scorides saith, that ouer this vertue, Sar∣dius hath many other vertues. Of Sar∣dius be fiue manner of kindes, but the best commeth out of Sardis, and is good: for it increaseth ioyes, and putteth away dread, and maketh men bold and hardy, and sharpeth the wit, and in his presence Onix may not grieue. Also he saith, that Sardius, that is all red, saueth his bearer from inchantment, and from witchcraft.