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  • The stories commonly told respecting the "piombi" of the

    Stones of Venice [introductions]

  • I have seen in the museum at Cortonne Etrusean inscriptions upon plates of pure lead which are perfectly preserved to this day 'although they date from very ancient times; on the other hand, I have found with astonishment in the gallery of Florence that the so-called "piombi" or leaden medallions of different popes, in which tin and possibly some arsenic have been mixed to make them harder and more beautiful, have fallen completely to white powder, or have changed to their oxides, though they were wrapped in paper and preserved in drawers.

    Popular Science Monthly Oct, Nov, Dec, 1915 — Volume 86

  • This is all that is shown upstairs, for the piombi, or prison cells in the leaden roof, are now closed.

    A Wanderer in Venice

  • The courtyard is inexhaustible in interest and beauty, from its bronze well-heads to the grated leaden prison cells on the roof, the terrible piombi which were so dreaded on account of their heat in summer and cold in winter.

    A Wanderer in Venice

  • After a tedious imprisonment, and repeated examinations in Milan, he was taken to Venice, and lodged in the famous _piombi_, or cells in the roof of the Ducal Palace.

    Modern Italian Poets Essays and Versions

  • If it weren't so beastly cold, it would remind me of one of the Venetian _piombi_.

    Venus in Furs

  • I have seen in the museum at Cortonne Etrusean inscriptions upon plates of pure lead which are perfectly preserved to this day 'although they date from very ancient times; on the other hand, I have found with astonishment in the gallery of Florence that the so-called ` ` piombi' 'or leaden medallions of different popes, in which tin and possibly some arsenic have been mixed to make them harder and more beautiful, have fallen completely to white powder, or have changed to their oxides, though they were wrapped in paper and preserved in drawers.

    The Scientific Monthly, October-December 1915

  • _piombi_, les puits et les plombs, étaient de son redoubtable domaine.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 4

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