The Voynich Manuscript


"The Voynich manuscript is a mysterious illustrated book of unknown contents,
written some 600 years ago by an anonymous author in an unidentified alphabet
and unintelligible language.

Over its recorded existence, the Voynich manuscript has been the object of
intense study by many professional and amateur cryptographers — including some
top American and British codebreakers of World War II fame — who all failed to
decipher a single word. This string of failures has turned the Voynich
manuscript into the Holy Grail of historical cryptology, but it has also given
weight to the theory that the book is simply an elaborate hoax — a meaningless
sequence of arbitrary symbols.
The book is named after the Polish-American book dealer Wilfrid M. Voynich,
who acquired it in 1912. His wife, Ethel Lilian Voynich (1864-1960), is famous
for the novel The Gadfly. As of 2005, the Voynich manuscript is item MS 408 in
the Beinecke Rare Book Library of Yale University. The whole manuscript was
published for the first time by a French editor, Jean-Claude Gawsewitch, in the
2005 book Le Code Voynich."

The Voynich Manuscript

[Thanks JC!]