Reference numberCLP/15i/14
TitlePaper, 'Mr Edward Smith's relation of the Tartar lambskin garment given to the Bodleian library in Oxford' by Richard Lea
Date[August 1666]
DescriptionLea describes sheep and lambs raised in Tartaria [Tartary], comparing them to 'the lambs of England'. He tells the story of the lambs growing out of stalks 'like the stalk of an artichoak [sic]' in the ground, and eating the grass that surrounds them. He describes how lambskin is believed to protect against plague and disease.

Subject: Zoology / Folklore

Read to the Royal Society on 22 August 1666
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
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