Need Help: How do you search ancient books archived in Venezuela?

Mar 2017
873
Colorado
I'm looking for the "Saint Felix Manuscripts".

They come from Venezuela
Copies of an original Latin manuscript in a library at Salamanca
These are copies made by "Father Jacobus"
Reported given to "M. Nierenstein"

I don't know where the manuscripts were filed ... some repository in Venezuela?

Any guesses how to search libraries over there? Like they're so free of problems they have time for *ME* ....

Amongst the manuscripts are some books by Dioscorides Phacas I'm interested in.

People involved are tied to the "State Hospital at Upata" and the "Venezuelan University of Merida" ... maybe the university would be a good place to start.



UPDATE:
To my surprise, there are digital online libraries for both San Felix, Venezuela and Salamanca, Spain ... no luck so far.

Is Salamanca the place where Caribbean treasure hunters start their searches?
 
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Mar 2017
873
Colorado
Another pitiful cry for help: Rare document search

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a7ed/45bb5034b092b33c088c9436cefb4126b2d9.pdf

This article was written by a doctor in 1946. He was reproducing an experiment described by Dioscorides Phakas (various spellings: Dioscurides, Phacas, etc.). He was a physician in Cleopatra VII's court (not the 1st century De Materia Medica guy). The doc performed the experiment, got the same result ... good for him. It's something to do with malaria ... I think.

In the very first paragraph, he matter-of-factly describes receiving a bundle of documents that were Latin copies of documents "in a library in Salamanca." From context, the doc is in San Felix, Venezuela when he receives the documents.

In a nonchalant way, he describes the 24 books of Dioscories Phakas that were thought lost since 1000 ACE. His last paragraph says "the documents shall be known as the St. Felix Manuscripts." Fine. WHERE?!!!

That's what I'm looking for. If you scan through the article, you will find little tidbits of information ... like a 1000 camel caravan that went to get a herb that helped with malarial fevers (each direction took one yr). China DID have an anti-malarial drug ... AT THAT TIME ... similar to cinchona.

I want more. I want it all.

San Felix has a searchable digital library: no luck with "Saint Felix", "San Felix"
There's an American university (Harvard? someplace like that) that index manuscripts: no luck

I gave up looking for the St. Felix versions, and tried to track down the source of the Venezuelan copies.

There's a big searchable digital library at a Salamanca university: no luck
There's a German searchable digital library that usually has almost anything: no luck
I tried the Vatican.


I'm open to all and any suggestions. There's two copies of a lost set of books containing detailed information about Ptolemy XII's and Cleopatra VII's reign, by a person who was there. There's *GOT* to be a way to track them down .....

One thing that concerns me is the implication that Dioscorides' books are only part of the bundle. It may be identified as "miscellaneous bundle of manuscripts". He does mention a "Father Jacobus" that did the copying.
 
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Mar 2017
873
Colorado
I'm looking for the "Saint Felix Manuscripts".

They come from Venezuela
Copies of an original Latin manuscript in a library at Salamanca
These are copies made by "Father Jacobus"
Reported given to "M. Nierenstein"

I don't know where the manuscripts were filed ... some repository in Venezuela?

Any guesses how to search libraries over there? Like they're so free of problems they have time for *ME* ....

Amongst the manuscripts are some books by Dioscorides Phacas I'm interested in.

People involved are tied to the "State Hospital at Upata" and the "Venezuelan University of Merida" ... maybe the university would be a good place to start.



UPDATE:
To my surprise, there are digital online libraries for both San Felix, Venezuela and Salamanca, Spain ... no luck so far.

Is Salamanca the place where Caribbean treasure hunters start their searches?
Sorry ...I forgot I posted this already. Moderator? You can remove one of these duplicate threads.