Today we call the manuscript, the Voynich manuscript, it is named after its above mentioned discoverer, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who found it amongst a collection of ancient manuscripts kept in villa Mondragone in Frascati, near
The mysterious work was illustrated with multicolored drawing and was handwritten in an unknown alphabet. Apparently, Voynich wanted to have the mysterious manuscript deciphered and provided photographic copies to a number of experts. However, despite the efforts of many well known cryptologists and scholars, the book remained unread.
Then in 1921 a professor of philosophy at the
The manuscript is small, seven by ten inches, but thick, nearly 235 pages. The illustrations in the work are strange, but much stranger is the text itself, because the manuscript is written entirely in a mysterious, unknown alphabet of which no other example is known to exist. It is an alphabetic script, yes, but of an alphabet variously reckoned to have from nineteen to twenty-eight letters, none of which bear any relationship to any English or European lettering system.
Eventually the book was bought by H. P. Kraus (a
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