Friday, August 16, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript

"The Voynich manuscript, described as the world's most mysterious manuscript, is a work carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438), possibly from northern Italy. It is named after the book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912".

Here is where it gets interesting... no one knows what it says at all except a few tiny translations of plant species that could possibly be wrong. No one has been able to figure it out or even gleam a sliver of information about its origins except by lab tests. It consists of 240 vellum pages that come across as an "herbal manuscript" because the book is mainly illustrated with pictures of plant life. It has been theorized that it is in a form of cipher text because most of the plants do not match known species. The book currently resides in Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library after it was donated 1969. I guess even the brightest minds of Yale have not been able to figure this one out yet. Take a look for yourself and see what you can make of the book that might have been owned by John Dee. You know John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I's trusted advisor on all astrological and scientific matters in her realm. Check out what John might have had in his library.

Front Cover-looks like a normal rare book.

Inside Front Cover

Page 34

Page 77

Page 112

Page 124

Even more interested now that you saw the photo's you say? I could not agree more! It has been said that this mystery book has been the inspiration behind numerous historical novels. I can see why but I seem to not know of a single one do you? 
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  1. Well I'm including the manuscript in my work in progress so I will be able to tell you the name of the novel as soon as I decide what it is.

  2. That sounds really cool Elizabeth! Be sure and let me know what you decide.


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