| Return to the Exhibit | Previous | Next (13 of 19) |

Exhibit item: EDWARD TOPSELL, The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes: Describing the True and Lively Figure of Every Beast, 1607

Exhibit item:
EDWARD TOPSELL
The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes: Describing the True and Lively Figure of Every Beast, 1607

This seventeenth century bestiary contains home remedies using bear parts. Bear grease was still used as a hair potion in nineteenth century California.

Quotation:
EDWARD TOPSELL
The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes: Describing the True and Lively Figure of Every Beast, 1607

"If the blood or greace of a Beare be set under a bed, it will draw unto it all the fleas, and so kill them by cleaving thereunto.

But the vertues medicinall are very many: and first of all, the blood cureth all manner of bunches and apostems in the flesh, and bringeth haire upon the eye-lids if the bare place be annointed therewith ...

The right eye of a beare dried to powder, and hung about childrens neckes in a little bag, driveth away the terrour of dreames, and both the eyes whole, bound to a mans left arme, easeth a quartan ague."

| Return to the Exhibit | Previous | Next (13 of 19) |
| Exhibit Home | Introduction | Bear in Mind Themes | Bears on Campus | Checklist | Colophon |
| Bancroft Home | General Information | Collections | Research Programs |
| Reference and Access Services | News, Events, Exhibitions, Publications |
| Friends of The Bancroft Library | Site Map | Search The Bancroft Library Website |
| UC Berkeley Library Home | Catalogs | Search the Library Website |
Copyright (C) 2006 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
Document maintained on server: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ by The Bancroft Library.
Last updated 12/04/2006. Server manager: contact