The following discussion about Voynich f67r1 is offered by Marco Ponzi. I have put it here in a separate post to facilitate discussion and comment – SB [The image below has been updated by Marco 6/12/2014]
By Marco Ponzi
“I have made some further research about wind diagrams and the page discussed by Pelling and Zandbergen, f67r1:
The proposed analysis makes extensive use of a diagram from a XII Century Latin “compendium” based on Bede, recently linked by Stephen (Walters Ms. W.73 f1v);
The Compendium diagram presents twelve winds, giving for each of them one or two names.
7 of the 12 sections of Voynich f68r1 can be connected to Bede’s diagram.
I have also considered an Arabic diagram that features heavily corrupted variants of the Greek and Latin names that appear in the Compendium (the Book of Curiosity, XIII Century, Bodley MS. Arab. c. 90, f21b):
[The link to the Bodley Arabic manuscript seems to be broken, I am sorry. Hopefully, you can reach the diagram clicking here.
Then click on “Table Of Contents” and search for
“Book 1 – Chapter 10: On the blowing of winds, earthquakes and tremors”.]
The Arabic manuscript seems to confirm a few of the attributions based on the Compendium. I based on it a possible identification for an eighth wind as a particularly bad corruption from one of the winds of the Compendium (“Boreas”).
For the remaining four winds, I propose two hypothesis based on ancient Greek wind names, one on a different Arabic wind name and one on the Spanish cardinal direction ‘sur’.
I read EVA ‘y’ as ‘u’, on the basis of
I read the other characters following Stephen’s proposals (but I may have gotten something wrong).
A few of the matches are quite poor, but I think it is interesting that they are mostly based on a single source.
I read the diagram clockwise: South, East, North, West. The Compendium diagram reads in the opposite direction (as modern maps do), so in the image it is mirror imaged and rotated. The Arabic diagram (being conflated with a representation of the Zodiac) reads in the opposite direction than the Compendium: it reads in the same direction that I assume in the Voynich diagram. The Arabic diagram also has an orientation similar to what I assume here (West at the top).
Here are the details of the single “winds” (from the top, clockwise). Numbering and EVA transcriptions are from Stolfi and Grove.
1 EVA:otaldy Reads: alushtu (SW) Compendium: “Austro” (SSW) – Arab.c.90: “ustlys”
2 EVA:otoky Reads: alaku (SSW) “Leuko notos” (Greek: the clearing wind)
3 EVA:seeaiir Reads: soouur (S) ? Possibly related to ‘sur’, Spanish for South
4 EVA:ykees.ary Reads: ukoos uru (SSE) Compendium : “Eurus” (SE)
5 EVA:sosaiir Reads: sasuur (SE) ? “Scirocco” (Italian) – “Shluq” (Arabic)
6 EVA:oteey.dar Reads: aloou tur (E) Compendium: “Apeliotes” – Arab.c.90: “fylyts”
7 EVA:yto!daiir Reads: ula tuur (NE) Compendium: “Vulturnus”
8 EVA:cheosam Reads: yoasur (NNE) Arab.c.90: “Buuryasy” (N) – Compendium: “Boreas”
9 EVA:ykeeody Reads: ukooatu (N) ? “Αrctos” (Greek North Wind)
10 EVA:okeol.sal Reads: akoash sush (NNW) Compendium: “Circius or Tracias”, “Thrascias” is another Greek variant
11 EVA:okeey.sar Reads: akoou sur (NW) Compendium: “Chorus” or “Argystes”, “Caurus” is another Latin variant – Arab.c.90: “ayqrks”
12 EVA:dalary Reads: tushuru (W) Compendium: “Zephirus” – Arab.c.90: “yfurus”
By Marco Ponzi