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Re: VMS -- Botany, A Daunting Quest

Dana F. Scott wrote :
>Those of you who may have access
>to these herbals and a botanical/ herbal inclination may be interested
>in pursuing your recommendation. I would certainly be delighted to be
>able to study the historical manuscripts. Unfortunately, I am working
>under serious limitations here. 


Do you not have access to a good University library ?

Do try and find a University library near you that you can visit
and see facsimiles of the early herbals. 

Your intense research using the internet reveals the limitations
of the internet for undertaking research into source material.
In the scholarly world (particularly in the domain of humanities,
history, etc) the main sources for information are books not
web sites.This may change in future but for now  we have
to rely on printed  books. Web sites are often useful in locating 
something which one otherwise would not have found, but 
books are the main sources for research.

I, and I suspect many of the members of this group, would
welcome your insights into the parallels between the Voynich
herbal section and the various ancient herbals.

If you wish please write me off the group and I will try to assist
you by suggesting ways in which you might get access to 
facsimilies of these herbals.

Best wishes,

Adam McLean
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