Nieuhof, Johannes, 1618-1672 / An embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham, emperor of China: delivered by their excellencies Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer, at his imperial city of Peking wherein the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers, &c. in their passages from Canton to Peking are ingeniously described by John Nieuhoff; also an epistle of Father John Adams, their antagonist, concerning the whole negotiation; with an appendix of several remarks taken out of Father Athanasius Kircher; Englished and set forth with their several sculptures by John Ogilby
[Kircher appendix] Chap. VII. Of strange beasts or animals in China., pp. 411-414
Defcription fCI ( ,. Like to this is the Tree which-the Indnscall Papaya,and the CbinefesaI ny#f Xu ; it beareth aBunch of Frithobigger than our Mellon, oftafte delicious the Juice to be eaten with a Spoon : and throughout the whole Year it glob lies in green Flowers and ripe Fruit6 There are in the aforefaid Regions, efpecially in the Province of Chekian4 n( th gi h.( w cr w ct b( 411 but an Herb, much like to our L4rduus, but cald by them (atriojoli - on whole Leaf a Fruit groweth flicking unto its Stalk, of fo pleafant and exquifite a tafle, that it ay eafily obtain the preeminence among the mof noble Fruits of India and bin4. The SprmatickFculty is innate in alltheParts thereof j for not only the Seeds Oi on the Ground, but it's Sprouts and Leaves being Planted,' produce thp like Fruits: Gonceniag which admirable Piodu4 of Nature, fee what I have difcpvfed at large conceringthe Seeds of things, in the twelfth Jook of niy 8 frzineiW od. The Seeds of fuch Plants conduce much to prove tat aenr Phlofophy of Plants, of which I have there laid the Platform. Th~e mofl inte4 ruicsj 2 a, Lidc, and 9e, are every where defcrib'd ; but how M4nga is in6culAted in the Pomecitron, is much different from the Art of the Eukopeansu being perform'd without Transfoliation or Inoculation ; for they otily bind a Bough 0f the Fruit Manga to a Bough of the Pomecitron, ;id daub it about with Clay; which being done) they conjoyn, and fo bring forth the imd zexellent Fruit of both. The Author of dta Sinicus makes mntion of a Tree in the Province of Cbekiatg which rod ceth a Fruit that is fat, whereof they make mof excel-, Ilent white Candles, which neither foul the Hands, nor make any ill Scent being eztitiguifhed; ;The Tree is like our Pear-tfee ; when the Fruit is ripe, they 'beak the Bark, macerate and fieep it in hot Water, and when they have water'd the heated Pulp, they make it up into a Lump, Which looks like Suet; and from its Nt they e ta& Oyl, like our O?1 of Olives, very ufefl in Win- ter; the Leaves are flain'd with a Copperdike rednefs, which Aropping to the Grouhd, afford Sheep and Kine good Food, by which they, become very fat. CHAPt VII. 0 irange 7eafts or Animalsn China are in all the Empire of Cbia, but e~fially in the Province of m and Qwifi, great pleant of El phhatsT rs,Bears, and other 3.qfIfcrm .mon to. feverad Parts of the World. but I fhall treat only of fuch as are to be fqund no where eIre but in Cbina.
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