Beinecke library – changes

The Beinecke library site has changed the manuscript's viewing format. What I find rather disappointing is that it has also re-instated a 'blurb' which ignores all the work done on the manuscript for the past decade. The previous, shorter version was preferable, I should say. Oh well. Diane (edited Jan 19th)

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Deja vu & “SD” on behalf of Edith Sherwood – yet again

I see that "SD" is again excited by a discovery-and-identification that seems to coincide with ones earlier published in my separate 'botanicals' blog. This time the announcement which 'SD' has made on the voynich mailing  list says that 'SD' has just discovered a ginger on f.101v (see posts to the voynich mailing list for Dec.2nd., …

Across the North – intro: fol.86v and prototypes for the Month-emblems

Please note that the folio is referred to in this article by the original foliation published on Yale University's bibliotecapleyades site.  The same diagram is  referred to on the Beinecke Library site as  “folio 85v and 86r” Image scan 1006231. - note added 24/02/2016. --------------------   On folio 86v the map refers to a northern …

The infuriating Mr.Pelling and Old Coptic

OK.. OK... (whew!).. 74 seeks for this not-terribly-remarkable post. But ok. Copyright seems to be sorted (fingers crossed)  so for the moment here it is again. ~~~~~ It is difficult to believe that anyone interested in the Voynich manuscript won't know Nick Pelling's ciphermysteries.com It is the closest thing we have to a Voynich-pedia. Some …

Ottonian manuscript

edited from a paper originally published in the notebook-blog 'Findings' on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Additional note: on the idea of the Ursae as shepherds: the 'Kugel globe' is considered our earliest extant. It does not include the Scales, and a modern commentary notes that its figures for the Ursae 'resemble canines'. P.Han in 2008 …