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Re: Catherine Sforza - the author of the VMS?!?!?
This is a very nice plant but so far I have not seen a match for Borrago
officinalis in the VMS.
Nick Pelling wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Here's Patrizia Catellani's page (a Pharmacy Historian connected to the
> University of Pavia), describing Catherine Sforza's life, alchemy & herbals:-
> This describes how, in 1525, Count Antonio Cuppano da Montefalco made a
> copy of the manuscript, and this is what is still in existence today. It
> contains 454 recipes, of which 358 are medicines, 30 chemistry (alchemy?)
> and 66 cosmetics.
> By comparison, the VMS has 20 pharma paragrpahs, plus 323 starred
> paragraphs in the last section, of which folios 109 and 110 are missing. If
> a folio has (say) 15 stars to a side, and we're missing 4 sides, that's
> roughly a further 60 recipes: so 20 + 323 + 60 = 403, which is of the same
> order of magnitude (given that there are probably further recipes within
> the rest of the text).
> The transcribed text of some of the recipes (from the same site):-
> At this point in time, I'm seeing only similarities... :-))))
> Another Italian page (from a different site entirely):-
> Any VMS matches for borrago officinalis, anyone?
> English: http://www.dolomiti.it/eng/salute/bellezza/b2.htm
> Italian: http://www.dolomiti.it/ita/salute/bellezza/b2.htm
> Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....