Monday, 21 February 2011

Among unnumbered things I didn't know of…

I'd never heard of this fascinating manuscript/book – known as the Voynich manuscript after the man who acquired it in 1912. It's on vellum dating from the early 15th century and that's about all that's known about it. It's written in an undeciphered script and language, perhaps in some sort of cipher text, so the content is unknown, although all the hand-painted illustrations seem to relate to (linked or otherwise) botany/herbs/astrology/astronomy/health/anatomy.

Weird, wonderful, and unexplained. Options include a hoax (perhaps by Voynich), Renaissance outsider art, or various other believable (or unbelievable) authors.

Wikipedia has a page and also images of all the pages of the book.

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