¶Of Stanno. chap. 93.
TInne is called Stannum, and is a met∣tall, and hath that name of Etimolo∣gic of Gréeke as Isid. saith. Tin depar∣teth, for in fire it departeth mettalls of diuers kinde, and it departeth lead and brasse from gold and siluer, and defend∣eth other mettall in hot fire: and though brasse and yron be most hard in kinde, yet if they be in strong fire without tin, they burne and wast awaye: if brasen vessells be tinned, the tinne abateth the venim of rust, and amendeth the fauour. Also mirrours be tempred with tinne, and white colour that is Cerusa is made of tinne, as it is made of lead. Huc vs∣que Isidorus li. 16. cap. de Metallis.
Lib. Metheororum Aristotle sayeth, that tinne is compouned of good quicke siluer and of euill brimstone. And these twaine be not well medled but in small parts compounded, therefore tinne hath colour of siluer, but not the sadnes there∣of. In li. Alchemie Hermes saith, that tin breaketh all mettalls, & bodies that it is medled with, & that for greate drinesse of tin. And destroieth in mettall the kinde that is obedient to hammer worke. And if thou medlest quicke siluer therwith, it withstandeth the crashing thereof, and maketh it white, but afterwarde it ma∣keth it blacke and defileth it. Also there it is said, that burnt tin gendereth redde coulour, as Lead doth: and if the fire bée strong, the first matter of tinne commeth soone againe. Also though tin be more soft then siluer, & more hard then Lead, yet lead may not be soone soudred to lead nor to brasse, nor to yron without tin: neither these may be soudered without greace or Talow, and Rosen.