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Re: Yet another explanation for dain daiin...

At 03:41 22/01/02 -0200, Jorge Stolfi wrote:

    > Piglia vitriolo Romano on iiij salnitrio on iij limatura achi
    > on. 1. et destilla alanbicco et piglia della prima aqua on 1/2 et po-
    > nili in essa 3 on de canfora et con questa fregate la faccia

    > Take 4 parts [vitriolo Romano], 3 parts saltpetre, and 1 part
    > (iron?) filings, distill in an alembic, take half the resulting
    > liquid, mix (?) it with 3 parts camphor, then rub it onto the face.

I second your guess "on." = "oncia" (ounce).

Especially as apothecaries used both ounces and fluid ounces. :-)

I can't figure out "achi"; could it be a typo?

Possibly, but the text as transcribed in Pasolini is definitely "achi", and the Cuppano copy is notable for its neat, precise hand (I'm told).

I'm currently trying to trace a number of fairly old papers and articles about the "Gli Experimenti" which may help us understand language-specific details (like "achi").