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I understand that it's annoying for you if you were following the blog before many posts were made private to have emails still arriving and showing the first lines to posts you can't read in full. That's a wordpress thing; if it's something specific you want to read, you can always email me voynichimagery gmail …

Precedence

Added note - This post from 2013 is made a 'sticky' for the time being - just for the record and because this is easier than recalling an essay in press to add a footnote there.  Some of the content was superseded by subsequent research -  e.g. the date for transmission is better assigned to the mid-thirteenth to mid-fourteenth …

“Something useful…”

I had hesitated to explain why I've removed from public view so many posts among those I've provided here, since their aim was to give people working on the manuscript the bare bones of my investigation as it progressed - in addition to  opinions based in earlier formal studies and  experience. For longer-term, and/or better informed readers, I expect that to quote the …

Getting it right – the first formal analysis of the Voynich map

For those who like to track the history of ideas, and are frustrated by the obstacles to doing so in this area of interest - you have my sympathy. Apart from anything else, it is hugely embarassing to conclude from some such source as voynich.nu that nothing has yet been done or written in an area you …

Image without text – in the real world. Part 1-Theory

In a recent post, Nick Pelling wrote, Whether we like it or not, history as practised nowadays is a tower built upon textuality, upon the implicit evidentiality striped within and through texts. Even archaeology .. and Art History rely heavily on texts for their reconstructions. Pelling seems to be saying, thoughout that post, that the key to …

Lamentable days

In  my opinion one of the most original, and potentially revolutionary observations made in recent years - by the conservative faction, at least - was made by Nick Pelling, in a post published on June 29th., 2015. I doubt if he quite realised the implications of his own insight, because it is offered almost as a side comment - …

Lamentable days – recommended reading

Recommended reading - 'Egyptian Days' (Connects to versified instructional texts). Robert Steele noted that Voynich manuscript's vellum was 'unusually coarse, even for the thirteenth century'.  Lynn Thorndike constantly expressed his opinion, as an expert on medieval manuscripts of scientific, pseudo-scientific and alchemical matter, that the Voynich manuscript contained nothing of use to our study of those …

‘Like’-ness as criterion – a rarely-considered problem in Voynich studies.

I'd  written and have now scrapped, under the above title, a fairly standard academic paper on a fairly ordinary subject: the notion of 'like'-ness as the proper purpose of the image. Anachronistic and inapplicable assumptions in regard to 'realism' are pervasive in Voynich studies, result in false comparisons being proffered and affect attribution, description and interpretation - so I …

Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) – a pleasant concurrence

Pleasant news: a comment at voynich.ninja suggests that another person has identified a plant in the manuscript as  C. tinctorius, this agreeing with a post I wrote about f.54r back in 2011. Before  closing the old research blog 'Findings' and another called 'voynich.retro' I thought it proper to have at least two scholars maintain their access to serve as safeguard against …

Something cleaner – a “clear slate Conference” proposal

Nick Pelling's recent post made intriguing reading (ciphermysteries.com, January 7th., 2017) My first impression on reading it is that he is not so much proposing a conference about Beinecke MS 408 as proposing that we  - no, not 'we' - some persons to his taste explore the admittedly-fascinating  intersection of technology and codicology. But it …

Clear vision – 6

The underlying motif, here, is the fact that entirely non-Latin matter, even in non-Latin languages, could certainly have entered the Latin west even as early as the thirteenth century. Obviously the same holds for earlier, as well as later periods, but here the Genoese serve as illustration.

Clear vision 6 – notes

[1] I have had reason before to mention this instrument and the matter of geomancy.  In reverse order: (i)  my public apology for having apparently begun a Voynich-related 'craze':   'Heaven to earth: dots and dust - brief note' (April 13th., 2016); (ii)  'Green Ocean - Paris' world, dates' (December 26, 2014) refers to geomancy in …

Clear vision (cont.3)

The lower 'pictorial annotation' on folio 5v is hardly enough reason to devote a couple of posts to the now-forgotten site of ancient Teredon and Hellenistic presence there. What makes it relevant is that the Voynich manuscript's imagery shows a consistent reflection of having its basis in Hellenistic forms, and these overlaid with elements proper to the world east of the Mediterranean. It is thus necessary to demonstrate that the two most prominent influences are not historically incompatible, nor incompatible with those many indications that the chief purpose informing the manuscript's content is that of serving a peripatetic profession, and related to the carriage of persons and goods by sea... initially, perhaps, under the patronage of the Dioscuri.