MS 408 Background

The Mysterious Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript came to light through the hands of a book dealer. If it were a readable text, it may have been lumped with other history books. Because no one has discerned the meaning of the text and the drawings are sometimes fantastical, sometimes allegorical, and sometimes discernible, it has caught the interest of code-breakers, computer analysts, ambitious academics, and even a few novelists.

Claims of having decoded it have appeared in the press for years, but there is still no convincing translation that holds water when applied to the book as a whole.

If you are interested in learning how the manuscript made its journey to the Yale Beinecke Library, René Zandbergen has created an extensive discussion of the history of the Voynich Manuscript.


J.K. Petersen


2 thoughts on “MS 408 Background

  1. Viktoras Sestakauskas

    first of all, sorry for my “perfect” english.
    First I saw the manuscript, I found how plant’s and human’s cells and organs work. It reminds me a beehive or anthill. The naked people inside the “organs” are just a symbol to show that the cells are alive. In my opinion it is a process or structure of the material. Letters composed chemical formulas – H2O, – HOO, CO2 – COO. Question for you – does anyone applied the chemical formulas as the method to decipher manuscript?
    Thank you.
    Sincerely yours, Viktoras Sestakauskas.

  2. Nikolaj

    Good day!
    My name is Nikolai.
    To a question about the key to the Voynich manuscript.
    Today, I have to add on this matter following.
    The manuscript was written no letters, and signs for the letters of the alphabet of one of the ancient languages. Moreover, in the text there are 2 more levels of encryption to virtually eliminate the possibility of computer-assisted translation, even after replacing the signs letters.
    I pick up the key by which the first section I was able to read the following words: hemp, hemp clothing; food, food (sheet of 20 numbering on the Internet); cleaned (intestines), knowledge may wish to drink a sugary drink (nectar), maturation (maturity), to consider, to think (sheet 107); drink; six; flourishing; growing; rich; peas; sweet drink nectar and others. It is only a short word, mark 2-3. To translate words consisting of more than 2.3 characters is necessary to know this ancient language.
    If you are interested, I am ready to send more detailed information, including scans of pages indicating the translated words.
    Sincerely, Nikolai.


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