Voynich Manuscript online


40 Responses to “Voynich Manuscript online”

  1. thaum says:

    This isn’t new though, it’s always been online?

  2. Trent Baker says:

    Going by the picture I suspect the manuscript is the medieval version of Playboy Forum.

  3. pthree says:

    One time I tried to go through and catalogue every doodle I’d made during high school, just sifting through my notes and taking pictures of each doodle to preserve them for posterity. That project ended up looking almost exactly like this.

    Mystery solved.

  4. ffij says:

    He’s been solving the internet’s problems for generations already.

  5. outercow says:

    Skeptoid has good episode on the Voynich Manuscript as well.


  6. Keith Tyler says:

    I am starting to think that maybe it is merely the medieval Czech analog to John Hodgman’s “Areas Of My Expertise”.

  7. irksome says:

    Sounds like the GOP’s 2012 platform.

  8. harnz says:

    It has been here for a together while with the Codex Seraphinianus and other rarities: http://www.holybooks.com

  9. I have worked out a method of decoding this text which is really quite brilliant, but the margin is too small to contain it.

  10. SedanChair says:

    What, the Google translation didn’t pop up in your browser?

    (Spoiler alert: Leonardo was a Timelord)

  11. fergus1948 says:

    As an art teacher I used to set a yearly project where students made their own artist’s book containing an (indecipherable) personal secret and in my opening talk I used pages from the Voynich manuscript as a launch-point. 
    I don’t think there’s much doubt that it was a mediaeval hoax of some sort but those little female figures in their weird settings (plus the cryptic script) never failed to fascinate.

  12. Looks like a good candidate for the holy text of a new religion.

    If you’re going to use an old science book as a fixed and indefinite source of knowledge, it might as well have some actual science in it.

  13. RJ says:

    As a unusual piece of artwork, the book is wonderful. I love the idea of finding some strange, seemingly legitimate tome from another world, outlining their alien botany and ideas about astronomy. The wonder and sense of mystery it inspires appears to be the whole point of its existence, as we already know that the reference imagery inside is pure fancy. The manuscript is a great idea for a way to bridge the gap between reality and some imaginary world.

  14. Mordicai says:

    I have a hard copy of the French facsimile edition & it is one of my treasured tomes.

  15. I used to know a guy who was also an artist and one of his coolest projects involved making cement casts of tablets bearing pictograms and languages of his own creation. Several dozens of these are now buried throughout the NE united states awaiting future archeologists.

    Good times.

  16. ill lich says:

    I was always fond of the theory that it was a hoax, albeit an ancient hoax, essentially a gaffed-up fake science book someone created to make themselves look learned in the eyes of their peers and/or victims.

  17. lovelystrangeness says:

    While it probably is just a hoax or someone’s creative/(insane?) artistic masterpiece, I can’t help but be intrigued by the “microscope” theory. Some of these comparisons http://www.santa-coloma.net/voynich_drebbel/voynich.html are pretty convincing. A lot of the “imaginary plants” sure do look like diatoms…

  18. P. says:

    Oh, but you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

  19. to me it really looks like someone needed to have a scientific text for some reason, but said person, despite their skills as a book maker, could only produce something that had the appearances of a genuine scientific work only to the uninitiated.

    the text appears quite similar to the easter island ‘rongorongo’ script which was most likely an experiment to replicate the power of written communication. many societies that hadn’t been exposed to writing were convinced that those who had were capable of telepathy.

    compare the voynich manuscript with strabo’s  de cultura hortorum sive hortulus


  20. Nanodome Ltd says:

    Actually, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library first posted the hi-res images back in 2006.

    Oh and personally, I like to read the Voynich Manuscript for its incisive political commentary, the naked women are just a bonus. ;-)

    • AviSolomon says:

      Thanks for clarifying that. But the introduction and image set browser seems to be more recent. I remember it being notoriously difficult to link to individual images from the Beinecke digital library (having used it since 2004 for accessing materials).

  21. crwatson21 says:

    The Beinecke is a beautiful building and a wonderful place to visit. It’s free and open to the public. Check it out!

  22. robdobbs says:

    Is it available as a single download? A zip or pdf perhaps?

  23. M Carlson says:

    It’s an alien how-to manual for abductions and anal probings. Now, with more herbs!

  24. robdobbs says:

    a link to both here: http://www.holybooks.com/voynich-manuscript-codex-serahinianus-pd/

  25. A. . says:

    cthuman centipede ftaugn!

  26. Palomino says:

    Fallopian tubes on 78l and  78r looks exactly like a nerve cell. 

  27. Dave Gibson says:

    Indie pop band Borrowed Beams of Light just released a concept album about the Voynich Manuscript called Stellar Hoax. All of you Voynich freaks out there should check it out….http://worldrecs.bandcamp.com/album/stellar-hoax

  28. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Since I’m currently reading Gormenghast, this book makes perfect sense.

  29. John Vance says:

    Any other Neal Stephenson fans see this and think, “The Thousanders must be experimenting again”?

  30. Jason Davies says:

    See also my Voynich Voyager for a zoomable/pannable version of the same images: http://www.jasondavies.com/voynich/

  31. promethean says:

    I’m pretty sure this is just one of the books Thomas Messenger left behind during his journey through the Vellum.

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