An instance in point
translation from the medieval Italian, from The Book of Michael of Rhodes.
page 111a, from which that passage comes, can be seen online (here). Translation from the same source (Michael of Rhodes’ Project).
As a test for translations of the Voynich star ‘labels’, I’m certain of this one as it appears on f.68r-1. This is the star taken to mark the northern Pole. I’ll go a bit further and against my usual practice, hazard a guess ..the inscription means something like fenice, poineke , phoenix..
For the record ~ my opinion about the detail on f.80v – associating it with the North Star – was published for the first time in ‘Emblems of Direction: North (Paradise and Guards)’, Voynich Imagery Notes (blogger blog), Sat. January 7th., 2012.
Among numerous posts related to this, I’d suggest:
and discussion of the emblematic object:
In a recent pers.comm. Koen Gheuens has drawn attention to the detail on folio 82r (Image ID 1006222) which shows the same ‘constant guide’ star obscured.
He also observes -correctly in my opinion – that this part of the image refers to a southern latitude.
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In the detail (above, left) from f.79v, the ‘peg’ indicates the home port, possibly Canopus, and south in terms of the Mediterranean. That sense for the ‘peg’ is constant where it appears above the ‘aegis’ or canopy (and see post of Dec.12th., 2012)