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Voynich Manuscript: A weird and unreadable book

A page from the Voynich Manuscript

Nude women in a pool from the Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is another candidate for strangest book on AbeBooks.com.

The majority of the book contains images of biological specimens, astrological diagrams, and strangely enough nude woman bathing in a complex system of pool and pipes. While it may not be quite as weird as the Codex Seraphinianus, it is definitely a very strange book.

The book was discovered in 1912 but recently popped back up into the news this week after the University of Arizona finished carbon dating the original copy as having been written between 1404 and 1483. Despite the work of many cryptographers over the past 80 or so years the book remains un-deciphered to this day.

If you want to learn more about The Voynich Manuscript there have been some recent publications looking into its mysteries which can be found for about $20.

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12 Responses to “Voynich Manuscript: A weird and unreadable book”

  1. Is it a copy of the book or the manuscripts that are selling for about $20? I’d like to scrounge through the pages if possible.

  2. The only full color copy of the Voynich manuscript I’ve been able to find is a French publication ‘Le Code Voynich’ isbn: 978-2350130224 . Although I can’t read the introduction, the bulk of the book is pure, glossy, colour images of the manuscript in its entirety and I’m very happy with it.

  3. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, where the Voynich manuscript is located, has produced a digital copy of the document which may be viewed at


    Enter search argument ‘Voynich’. Then double-click on the outside front cover of the Voynich Cipher manuscript.

  4. Good day!
    My name is Nikolai.
    To a question about the key to the Voynich manuscript.
    Today, I have to add on this matter following.
    The manuscript was written no letters, and signs for the letters of the alphabet of one of the ancient languages. Moreover, in the text there are 2 more levels of encryption to virtually eliminate the possibility of computer-assisted translation, even after replacing the signs letters.
    I pick up the key by which the first section I was able to read the following words: hemp, hemp clothing; food, food (sheet of 20 numbering on the Internet); cleaned (intestines), knowledge may wish to drink a sugary drink (nectar), maturation (maturity), to consider, to think (sheet 107); drink; six; flourishing; growing; rich; peas; sweet drink nectar and others. It is only a short word, mark 2-3. To translate words consisting of more than 2.3 characters is necessary to know this ancient language.
    If you are interested, I am ready to send more detailed information, including scans of pages indicating the translated words.
    Sincerely, Nicholas.

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