Monthly Archives: August, 2015

f71r – a multispectral scan

I have recently been contacted by the Director of the Lazarus project ( who were allowed by the Beinecke last year to make multispectral scans of a few folios of the Voynich manuscript. He contacted me in case we could use them to detect any extra linguistics features not seen before.
I now have eight of these scans, in Jpeg format, and the biggest is around 10Mb [sorry, not Gb as posted before – thanks Rene]. They do give a lot of detail. I have four of f71r, 1 of f93r and 3 of f116v.  and am trying to process them to post on this site. However, they are so huge that …

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The cover of the Voynich manuscript – Rene Zandbergen

Rene Zandbergen has recently posted some ideas elsewhere on this blog relating to the parchment and cover of the Voynich manuscript. I reprint them here for convenience, and then also some further interesting information he supplied about the ‘worm holes’ and the cover .
First the parchment:
“Last year, a group at the University of York was given some samples obtained from several folios of the MS by the Beinecke library. These were used to determine the species of the animal based on protein identification. This requires only very minute samples. Apart from some 10 or so folios, also the cover was sampled. The vast majority of MS parchment is from cow (calf), …

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Voynich plant on f100r – broccoli?

Below is an email sent to me by Dr. Ramiro Gianinazzi, Switzerland. I thought it was interesting so he gave me permission to post it. It refers to this plant on f100r:

Dr. Ramiro Gianinazzi writes as follows:
“In the folio 100 is illustrated a plant which looks like a vegetable of the “brassica oleracea” family (especially broccoli).
In Italy, what is named today “broccoli”, has been used for centuries, at least since the Roman Empire period. Boccoli is the result of a selection, made by human, known in Latin language as “brachium” or simply “brassica”.
In the late medieval period, broccoli was widely used in some geographical regions influenced by the Roman civilization (including eastern territories …

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