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VMs: Re: Botany -- (f100r) Mandrake

Hi Dana,

A while back you asked whether or not there was any evidence of mandrake in the VMS. In my initial scan of the drawings I did not see evidence of this plant; however, recently I was reading 'Botany And The Voynich "Roger Bacon" Manuscript Once More' by Robert S. Brumbaugh (Speculum 49, p.548) in which he stated that a colleague of his, Professor Louis Martz, identified one of the smaller plants in f100 (row 2, 6 across on the right) as being a drawing of the mandrake plant. I agree that it does appear to be an accurate match.

This is great, thanks! :-)

IMO, matching up real herbals to the visual recipes in the pharma section is perhaps the next big challenge - the (almost certainly) composite nature of many of the VMS herbals is frustrating and likely to throw you off the scent.

There has been a lot of discussion on this on-list in previous years, so well worth checking through the list archives carefully. If only we had an index or concordance of the archives etc... :-)

BTW, once I've read the medium-sized pile of Italian books and articles to read that I've accumulated (I just wish I could read Italian any faster), I'll be clean out of VMS research leads. I don't know it that's a good thing or a bad thing...

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