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Re: VMS -- Botany (f51r) Henbane
"Ps.-Apuleius, Dioscorides, Herbals (extracts);
De virtutibus bestiarum in arte medicinae,
in Latin and English England, Bury St. Edmunds;
11th century, late"
This looks like a near-perfect fit to me as well - good job! :-)
The only odd detail is the dotted line down the middle of each leaf in the
VMS' version: do you know if this corresponds to a characteristic feature
of henbane's leaves (missing from the Dioscorides version) or was it simply
a stylistic quirk?
This might give us at least some idea of whether it was drawn from nature
(however haphazardly) or simply copied from another herbal. :-)
Dioscorides classified plants as "as aromatic, culinary, and medicinal".
Thanks for digging that up! Perhaps I/we should ask Sergio Torresalla if
other alchemical herbals showed any logical grouping (or classification)
within each quire? There might be a hitherto unnoticed pattern there
waiting to be found, which might assist in identification etc.
I wonder how the plants
in the VMS were classified (perhaps toxic, culinary, and medicinal)?
Perhaps: "fanciful", "impressionistic", and "misleading"? :-)
Still, it would be nice to have *some* kind of guiding principle according
to which these were collected. :-)
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
PS: as a quick aside, f33r (the heads-in-the-roots / mandrake page) shows
signs of bleed-through (from f33v) and bleed-across (from f32v), even
though this is a start of a new quire: which I would have thought is a
reasonably good indication that these two quires were foliated in the
correct order. I can't see any other examples, though - but I thought I
ought to mention it. :-)