STOP Press – see what I mean?

You will when you see that I overlooked an important post (on Nick Pelling's blog of course) relevant to zodiacs and diagrams etc. when you search 'helios' nothing turns up, as it happens, so here's the link. If that doesn't work for you, the entry at Nick's blog [ciphermysteries.com] is dated to Feb.16th., 2010. The …

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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 …

fol 70r Star-hours & months ~ for the mathematicians

In yesterday's post  I ended by referring to the marine dog-and-phoenix used as headers in Brouscon's  'Breton Tables'. See Nautical Alamanac, and Portolan chart of Guillaume Brouscon (Fr. 1543). Here is his chart for March, from the star-hour tables, or 'star clock' (fol12) I think it is possible that the same numerical keys are embedded …

fol 57v ~ Part 2

[1730 words. This post is a scrap-bag of notes possibly useful to linguists and cipher-people in regard to the diagram.] The diagram is unusual in having seven surrounding bands, four of which bear inscriptions,  the intervening three being left blank. The number '7' has encyclopaedic value and enough commentaries upon it to fill an encyclopaedia, …

fol 1v: Cloves

Fol 1v I'm adding this to correct a mistake  I've been making since 2011: namely believing (and telling others) that mine was an original identification  for fol.1v. I have just learned from a letter posted by an anonymous correspondent ("SD") to the  Voynich mailing list (09-24-12 21:07) , that precedence should have been given to …

fol 86v: South toward West: stage 1 The Sahel

Please note that the folio is referred to in this article by the original foliation published on Yale University's bibliotecapleyades site.  The Beinecke Library site now gives the same diagram a folation as “folio 85v and 86r” (Image scan 1006231) - note added 24/02/2016. ------------------------------------- This section is affected by the fold.  A new scan …