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This wonderful manuscript has 192 drawings of plants (Manuscript on paper. Veneto? Italy, S. XV). It is described as follows:
“This herbal was begun in the first half of the 15th century and continued for about half a century. It presents an interesting contrast between the early, conventional representation of plants and the naturalistic style, which was becoming common by the end of the century.
The roots are heavily emphasized and are often depicted as fantastic faces and creatures, e.g. the female mandragora (f. 36) and the woad plant (f. 42), which has a blue root with a human face.”
On another page of this site Marco has added the following interesting comments and description:
“[This manuscript] has a few “snake roots” similar to Voynich f49r
35: ‘Tiles’ with a wavy blue root (with a face on one end), four erect leaves with flowers between; the root might indicate a water plant
49: ‘Corbealis’ with another blue root ending in an animal head
50: ‘Bustana’ with a red snake rouond its stem, presumably a herb recommended for snake bite
To me it’s very instructive to see that many images of the Voynich ms that seem weird to modern eyes actually belong to a consolidated tradition in late medieval science.”
Any other observations?