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Hi everyone,

I've been researching intra-document references, with the idea of trying to determine the type of reference mechanisms that would be most likely to be found in the VMS.

The problem is that doesn't appear to be a great deal of literature on this: it appears to fall somewhere between knowledge representation, medieval semiotics, and classification systems, while staying distinct from all three.

However, I've been very kindly pointed to a recent publication by Paul Saenger, which (I'm told) deals with this very issue (though I've yet to see this):-

Word and Image

Volume 17 Issue 1 2001

	Benito arias montano and the evolving notion of locus in
	sixteenth-century printed books
	P Saenger 119-137

Some of you may already be familiar with Paul Saenger from his review article on the Vinland Map, another Beinecke holding:-


Quick sideline: the medieval mind has been described as "memorial" and the modern mind as "documentary" - the move to silent reading was aided by the insertion of spaces between words, as before that much was deliberately written in rhyme or rhythmically so as to aid auditory recall.

The best related book on this is (supposedly) "The Book of Memory" by Mary Carruthers, a medieval memory scholar (though, again, I've yet to read it).

I wonder: might steganography, by its necessary mindset of approaching a page abstractly (ie visually, rather than auditorily) have been partly responsible for this change in approach to writing and thought? If so, then the VMS - as a densely encoded manuscript - would have been on the cusp between the two worlds, medieval and modern.

Today's thought on <EVA ot-> words: the letters/symbols following <ot-> might be *initials*, with the full name (or item) listed elsewhere in the VMS *alphabetically*. I do believe that there are at least two (and quite possibly as many as 12, one per astrological sign) different systems of steganography/encryption present in the VMS. Consequently: "ot-" could also be read as "Mr", and "yt-" could be Mrs", etc.

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....