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Re: VMs: text analysis, art of memory, book binding

Thanks - I followed some of the earlier threads
through the archives on that topic, but what I was
actually asking was suggestions on how to bind the one
I am making (not on having one made).

I've got the printouts and have pieced together the
9X12 bifolios and sewn them into quires, but I need to
bind the quires into a book and am a bit lost.

Any suggestions are appreciated!


--- jean-yves artero <jyartero@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Eric,
> About book binding: You surely know that the
> publication of VMS is an old idea in this list.
> I still think it s a good one. You are right, it
> would mean something to me, at least, to have this
> manuscript "at hand", and not only on a ghostly
> screen ( please our lord Bill Gates, forgive this ).
> As already argued previously by someone else, this
> would too boost the interest for the VMS - and to
> some extent increase the opportunities of letting
> the riddle solved.
>  At the moment, there are some books recently
> published (2004) or to be published (2005) on the
> topic, perhaps next year could be the best moment to
> launch the project.
> Why not retry a JV between Beinecke, a publisher,
> and possibly those interested as suscribers?
> Regards,
> Jean
> P.S. Your point about recognising or not an
> alchemical engraving is interesting too; in
> principle you can say when you are an expert in
> alchemy what is and what is not alchemical;
> generally speaking I would say that VMS pictures
> look like astrological, herbal, etc pages but not
> alchemical.
> Eric <mynumberis2000@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Some misc. thoughts.
> Text Analysis:
> I've been following the recent recurring string etc
> discussions. Interesting, but my two cents - after
> having done months of text analysis of various sorts
> of correlations and what not - is to work on a known
> language first. Well, first, have an idea of what
> you
> are looking to discover (i.e. "what are the
> recurring
> strings") and then go after a text in your native
> tongue. Then a few other texts of different types
> (poetry, children's book, scientific text, fictional
> novel). Then pick a few common languages (English
> and
> Latin at least, French, German, Italian, and keep
> going) and do the same. THEN, try it on the VMS and
> see what, if anything, is statistically signficant.
> It's a much more boring way to go, but saves you
> from
> doing a ton of work on the VMS drawing conclusions
> that look promising, just to find out that it's a
> common pattern in normal languages.
> Art of Memory:
> Got the Yates book and almost done reading it. Very
> interesting and highly recommended for any who
> haven't
> read it. I doubt it will break open the VMS for me
> :)
> since many others have tread this path, but it does
> provide a much greater understanding of medieval and
> Renaissance thought around the time the VMS was
> probably written. A depressing thought from reading
> it
> (and in general exploring alchemy, occult,
> religious,
> etc etc of these eras) is the huge amount of
> overlap,
> borrowing and parallels between disciplines and
> schools of thought - hard to every pick out a single
> idea or image and say that it is definitely...
> something (i.e. "this is definitely an alchemic
> image
> used only between 1500 and 1550 in Venice"). An
> uplifting thought, though, was noticing how much
> authors blantantly copied one another - often word
> for
> word and diagram for diagram. Which leads to some
> hope
> with the VMS - the obvious "word for word" parallel
> is
> out, but retains the hope that we might find a
> single
> diagram (or clear case of assembled diagrams) that
> we
> can link directly to another source and possibly
> find
> a key that deciphers "word for word" the VMS in that
> section and so unlocks the rest.
> Book Binding:
> Also building a copy of the VMS. HIGHLY recommended.
> Using an Epson ink jet printer and glossy (only kind
> I
> could easily find) photo paper. It's going to set me
> back about $150. Printing out each recto and verso
> at
> real size (closest to 9 inches tall i can get) and
> assembling the bifolios, then the bifolios into
> quires. Really gets you to look at each page and see
> the manuscript as a whole (and how much of it is
> devoted to the herbal). And also understand just how
> small things are - viewing them on zoom on the
> screen
> all the time tends to distort things. I know others
> have done this exercise with similar advice - I'm
> just
> chiming in to encourage anyone who hasn't to do so.
> It's not a quick project :) but enjoyable (and it
> will
> make a very cool coffee table book :). BTW, I have
> been successful up to making the quires, but does
> anyone have advice on how to bind the quires into a
> full book?
> Thanks,
> Eric
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