A few things about the manuscript that are important:
(1) No corrections were made (as pointed out before in this thread)
(2) It's a nicely bound book, that was taken well care of
(3) It's written in a real, but not understood language
(1) No corrections;
While this may not be a big thing, remember that back when this book was written they had to be scribed by hand. No corrections means that this book
come from another source, and that whom ever had this book copied paid a princely sum to have it done exactly as the original book. (I wonder where
the original book is?)
(2) Nicely bound and taken care of:
Clearly the person who commissioned this book to be scribed not only valued the information held in it, but also understood what the book was about.
(I might be jumping to assumptions here, but the amount spent on this book getting copied does seem to point to it being for a major power player of
(3) Written in a unknown language:
Secret Societies, Alchemic Guilds, and Religious Cults all used unknown languages to hide their convalesces from the over reaching grip of the Roman
Catholic Church. The other interesting thought though is that it could be written in an African Language that doesn't exist anymore (all we would have
to do about this is just look at the African Empires that existed during that time, or even a little before the time when the book was written)
The Manuscript has been a fun hobby of mine for the last 20 years (no, I'm not a serious researcher on it, but even since getting a chance to see the
book in person back in the 90's) it's kind of fun to ponder what and where this book came from.
Some fun facts:
From Yale. (Yale Beinecke Library)
Like its contents, the history of ownership of the Voynich manuscript is contested and filled with some gaps. The codex belonged to Emperor Rudolph II
of Germany (Holy Roman Emperor, 1576-1612), who purchased it for 600 gold ducats and believed that it was the work of Roger Bacon. It is very likely
that Emperor Rudolph acquired the manuscript from the English astrologer John Dee (1527-1608). Dee apparently owned the manuscript along with a number
of other Roger Bacon manuscripts. In addition, Dee stated that he had 630 ducats in October 1586, and his son noted that Dee, while in Bohemia, owned
"a booke...containing nothing butt Hieroglyphicks, which booke his father bestowed much time upon: but I could not heare that hee could make it out."
Emperor Rudolph seems to have given the manuscript to Jacobus Horcicky de Tepenecz (d. 1622), an exchange based on the inscription visible only with
ultraviolet light on folio 1r which reads: "Jacobi de Tepenecz." Johannes Marcus Marci of Cronland presented the book to Athanasius Kircher
(1601-1680) in 1666. In 1912, Wilfred M. Voynich purchased the manuscript from the Jesuit College at Frascati near Rome. In 1969, the codex was given
to the Beinecke Library by H. P. Kraus, who had purchased it from the estate of Ethel Voynich, Wilfrid Voynich's widow.
And you can get a download of the manuscript here:
Also Yale's Beinecke Library
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