to the Voynich Manuscript
The manuscript is actually named after one of its owners, one Wilfrid Voynich.
Its provenance is not known previous to its turning up in a collection in ????.
The MS now
resides in the Yale Binecke Library, a repository of rare manuscripts and incunabula.
The library's description of the MS is found HERE.
As the description
has it, the MS is in an unknown language, or code, or cipher, and is illustrated
with bizarre figures and drawings.
MS has stubbornly refused to yield its knowledge, despite the efforts of some
of the finest codebreakers and scholars in the world. A small group of interested
scholars from around the world corresponds through a web group. Here are some
links to get you started:
Rene's voy page
The MS seems
to be broken into several parts, as an encyclopedia of the 16th century might
be. There is a section that seems to be devoted to astronomy or astrology, a
section that is botanically oriented, a medical section, and others that seem
less clear. I have been spending some time, as have others, looking at the astronomical
section, as that seems to be the clearest. There are pages seemingly devoted
to the signs of the zodiac, and others working onthe MS have found what might
be predictions of planetary conjunctions and the like. It's my personal opinion
that the MS is encrypted Arabic, based on a look at the so-called Zodiac pages.
The Link, or Hinge, star in the Pisces page is clearly marked.
I have put
together some scanned pages from the book "Star Names"; they are local,
on this web site, and are available for use: