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VMS -- Botany f25v ("dragon" page)...?

Hi everyone,

Am I missing the point, or does the "dragon" on f25v probably represent a dog (admittedly a particularly badly-drawn one) pulling up a mandrake root (roughly as per the medieval myth)?

Looking at the Copyflo print of the page, I can just about make out some structural similarities with mandrake - hairy roots, big & generally pointed leaves, etc - but the low quality makes me acutely uncomfortable about making a positive identification beyond that. :-/

I think that this might be an interesting test case of whether the VMS botany was empiric or traditionalist, as mandrake's "human-like" roots were often heavily stylised in illustrations, which doesn't appear to be the case here at all.


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