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Re: VMs: Re: British Library

Rene:   I forgot about the BBC documentary. You are right about the B
attitude, their having been burned by the Vineland map.  However, there's an
old saying to the effect "I don't care what you say, as long as you spell my
name right."  Who knows.  Perhaps the blandishments of cable TV would engage
the B.  I am with you and Nick; art style is telling and hard to fake
consistently when starting from scratch, that is without engaging in a
direct copy of something.  There do not seem to be a lot of erasures on the

Merry Christmas to all of you out there, and a happy New Year.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rene Zandbergen" <r_zandbergen@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 12:55 AM
Subject: Re: VMs: Re: British Library

> --- Don Latham <djl@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Using this msg to propose that funding for a
> > physical examination and more might come from
> > Discovery Channel. These folks have gone lately into
> > a bunch of Egyptian exploration and other gee whiz
> > stuff. The VMS might be up their alley. I have no
> > idea how to engage their interest. The B Lib might
> > get some $ as well as some US national TV
> > recognition as well. What do you all think, and if
> > the reaction is positive, anyone know where to
> > start?
> A documentary has been made by the BBC, so the added
> value from what you suggest is indeed the chance
> to get a physical examination.
> The idea is kind of attractive, but it is not at
> all clear that the B(einecke) library would like
> this kind of attention. The whole Vinland map
> episode is one they will not want to repeat due to
> the controversial publicity.
> One thing to do would be to suggest it to Discovery
> and see what happens.
> It might at least help to get the 'Kelly faked it'
> as supported by SciAm out of the way.
> I also would not think too lightly of the 'art
> history' evidence we have so far. While it does
> not pinpoint the MS origin precisely, it does
> give a rather consistent dating, and it points
> out two writing styles in the MS (Italian and
> Central European). To me, this is not challenged
> by anything of substance.
> Cheers, Rene
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