Reading a review of the Ambonese Herbal made the Phactor realize that he is not the only person to have struggled to finish a book. 81 years from start to publication is not something to emulate, and maybe my publisher would get a bit testy about the delays. Still this is a remarkable effort. Ambon is part of modern day Indonesia, and the natural history contained in these volumes is the earliest reports from that area predating Alfred Russel Wallace's reports by over 100 years. This would be great to have, but the whole set costs $450. Sounds like a library acquisition is in order. Regarding my own efforts, the manuscript was easy enough to finish, although you feel obligated to update things as new research is published, and the longer you take the more of them accumulate, but the figures are taking forever.