Travels in Various Countries of the East more particularly Persia. Vol 2
By William Ouseley (1811)
(Transcribed from Google books - I won't include the link, because Googlebook links are always to long and therefore seldom work, but the title and author can be searched)
P117 – We left Khesweh, early on the twenty-fifth, and at one mile and half from the village (which belongs to the territory Darabgerd), I sketched Kuh Mumiay or “Mummy Mountain”...It is rendered an interesting object only by the extraordinary substance produced in it’s internal cavaties, the Mumiay, or Mummy, a blackish, bituminous matter, which oozes from the rock, and is considered by the Persians as far more precious than gold, for it heals cuts and bruises...cause fractured bone to unite in a few minutes...taken inwardly it is a sovereign remedy for many diseases.
P477 – Chardin mentions two mines or sources that produce it; one in Kirman, the other in Khurasan; and the Persians affirm, adds he, that the prophet Daniel instructed then in preparing and using this admirable drug. Father Angelo describes the precious mummy which oozes out of the mountain near Lar, and of which half a drachm suffices to render sound and perfect in twenty four hours, the limbs of any person fallinf from an eminence. Dr Fryer in his travels, speaks of a mountain in Derab from which issues the “the Possasphaltum of Dioscordides, or natural mummy, into a large stone tank or store-house sealed with the King’s seal...though it be death of discovered...many shepherds following their flocks on these mountains, by chance light on great portions of the same balsam and offer it to passenger to sale, and sometimes play the cheat in adulterating it.”
As well as on the etymology of the name, Mummy
P118 – According to the Sur al beldan (a work of the tenth century) there was in the territory of Darabgerd a mountain with a excavation yeilding the Mummy which was gathered for the King...”and this is the true unadulterated Mummy...that sent to the King from any other place is altogether spurious, and has not in it’s composition any real Mummy; in the vicinity of this cavern there is a village called Ayin (or rather Ayi) the name of which has been compounded with Mum or “wax” to form the word Mum-i-ayi or “wax of that village.