The Voynich Manuscript

In a book edited by R Clemens, Yale University Press have recently published a new summary of this mysterious document (see


Radiocarbon dating shows the original manuscript is from between 1404 and 1438. Of course, there is a possibility that the parchment version may be a forgery.

Wilfrid Voynich, who died in 1930, bought the manuscript from a Jesuit archive in Italy, then took it to London and then to New York.

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The origin remains unknown, and the meaning of its strange alphabetic calligraphy is still uncoded. The illustrations are of bathing women, dubiously recognisable plants and maps of stars.

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