The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript : The Unsolved Riddle of an Extraordinary 16th Century Book Which Even Today Defies Interpretation

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In 1912, Wilfrid Voynich, an antiquarian book dealer, stumbled upon a strange volume, its vellum pages covered in a beautiful but unrecognisable script accompanied by equally mystifying pictures. The codex, approximately 6 x 9 inches, has remained undeciphered from that day to this. Voynich believed the codex to be the work of medieval philosopher Roger Bacon, others that the Elizabethan mathematician and occultist John Dee was the author. Whoever created the book - which now resides at Yale University - it remains to this day a singular enigma which continues to defy the best efforts of linguists, cryptanalysts and scholars. With the benefit of the authors' exhaustive research, readers can hazard their own guesses as to the meaning and provenance of this most beguiling of mysteries...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 322.06g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 15 illustrations, 15 diagrams, 2 maps
  • 075286422X
  • 9780752864228

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'A fascinating examination of the latest theories concerning the manuscript' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'The clashing interpretations are aired ably and open-mindedly and the books includes plenty of mesmerising images from the enigmatic codex.' GUARDIANshow more

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