before beginning this blog, I had an exploratory ‘Blogger’ blog, where readers who wished could follow the laborious process by which the imagery’s age, provenance and development were established.

Once I felt able to draw firm conclusions, the exploratory blog was closed.  In addition, I had for a time some students who were interested in taking the Voynich manuscript’s imagery as an example for their work.  They and I both published information on a shared blog, but unfortunately the students were attacked repeatedly on the Voynich mailing list, and the option (and blog) were closed.  It was there, however, that I first published many of my conclusions, previously not shared online.

Thus, in mid 2012, I transferred some of the older material to this blog, discarding what I had come to feel was not likely to be of lasting value in efforts to understand the written text.  My analysis of folio 86v had been published first in the ‘student’ blog, which the public was permitted to read.

Like some other long-time ‘Voynicheros’ I have  maintained all those old posts on file, to consult on days when I need to refresh my sense of direction or to demonstrate that my conclusions were not lifted from the air, but represent the end-total of a definable “working-out”.

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List of Posts to ‘voynichimagery’ 2012-2015

Some basics                                                                                   2012/06/18

System and Science. ~ botanical                                                 2012/06/26

fol.16r Hempen-fibre group ~ botanical                                     2012/06/27

Myrobalan: eastern habits fol.22r ~ botanical                           2012/06/29

fol.22r Myrobalans (concluded) ~ botanical                               2012/06/30

fol.53v: step by step ~ botanical                                                  2012/07/03

Musaceae: fol. 13r Bananas Pt.1 ~ botanical                               2012/07/07

Musaceae ~ fol. 13r Bananas Pt2 (concluded) ~ botanical      2012/07/09

fol 3v Preliminary ~ botanical                                                       2012/07/13

*f.90r Lawsonia inermis –Henna ~ botanical                                2012/12/27

fol 1v: Cloves ~ botanical                                                                2012/09/25

fol 2r Paper and rolls ~ botanical                                                   2012/11/05

fol 3v: Figs and Festivals ~ botanical                                            2012/07/14

f.90r Lawsonia inermis –Henna ~ botanical                                 2012/12/27

Later posts about the botanical folios

f13r Musaceae and Europe ~ botanical                                          2013/03/05

Botanical – Brews                                                                               2013/03/05

fol.34v – wooden apple (Challenge question) ~ methodology       2013/02/27

96v Spinach-leaf (-berry) vines                                                         2013/02/28

fol52v Dracunculus vulgaris and Titan arum~ botanical                2013/03/27

f.90r Lawsonia inermis –Henna ~ botanical                                     2012/12/27

f43r – Mangroves ~ botanical                                                             2013/02/10

Perspective…                                                                                         2012/07/15

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THE VOYNICH WORLD

Map: Mediterranean to China (made in 12thC Sicily)              2012/07/16

fol.86v: Introduction to a map ~ geog.                                        2012/07/22

fol. 86v: emblems of direction Pt1                                               2012/07/26

fol 86v: Emblems of direction Pt 2 ‘west’ (shortened)              2012/07/29

fol 86v: A Curious orientation ~ principles                                 2012/07/31

fol.86v Emblems of direction: South and East ~ principles      2012/08/02

[The north roundel, an inset ‘minimap’}

fol 86v: the inset ‘minimap’ Pt1: from the Black Sea ~ geog    2012/08/05

Select Hierapolis ~ incidental post                                               2012/08/09

fol 86v The inset ‘minimap’ Pt2: the Egyptian shore                2012/08/11

fol 86v minimap ~ some footnotes ~ comment                          2012/08/13

fol 86v Patterns and points ~ comment                                      2012/08/14

fol.86v: of Portolan charts and Trabizond ~ historical background     2012/08/15

The north-west roundel – Angel of the Rose                              2012/08/19

More on Trebizond ~ historical background                                2012/08/21

[between north and east]

fol.86v Ways to the east: the river roads – Revised post             2012/08/22

fol 86v Ways to the east: the desert road                                         2012/08/25

fol.86v Roads east: Beacons ~ stylistics                                            2012/08/28

Across the North – intro: fol.86v and prototypes for the Month-emblems  2012/11/21

A matter of scale – methodology note                                               2012/08/29

Who knew? ~ comment                                                                       2012/09/02

fol.86v The Square world ~ stylistics                                               2012/09/03

[East roundel]

Fol 86v East roundel: Lotus and Paeony ~ geog; stylistics            2012/09/08

Select fol 86v: from East to the South ~ incidental post                 2012/09/12

[South roundel]

fol.86v The great sea ~ Pt1                                                      2012/09/17

fol 86v: The great sea: Part 2                                                   2012/09/19

Trade routes and scripts ~ historical background                 2012/09/20

Afterword to ‘Routes and Scripts’                                           2012/11/16

fol 86v: South toward West: stage 1 The Sahel                     2012/09/24

fol 86v: South towards West Pt 2 ~ geog.                               2012/09/26

fol 86v West roundel – Password protected                            2012/10/02

NMB – script. ~ speculation                                                       2012/09/29

 

DIAGRAMS

fol 57v – Part 1 ~ marginal notes                                                2012/10/07

fol 57v – Part 2 ~ marginal notes                                               2012/10/09

fol 67r-ii Moons and Nymphaea ~ marginal notes                   2012/10/13

fol 67v-i ~ chronological strata ~ commentary                        2012/10/18

 

MONTHS’ DIAGRAMS

‘Astrological’ roundels – the inscriptions – Password protected – 2012/10/22

‘Astrological zodiac’ roundels ~ the hypothesis                       2012/10/22

fol. 70r ~ Of Fishes and Fleury                                                  2012/10/27

fol 70r Star-hours & months ~ for the mathematicians         2012/10/28

fol 72r-i Cross-eyed feline and red splash                                 2012/10/29

Select Helios zodiacs & ms Beinecke 408 ~ background         2012/11/13

A question of Balances: f.72v                                                       2012/11/19

f.71v i-ii ~ The Bulls problem & Cosmographers glass             2012/11/25

 

DIAGRAMS (cont)

fol 77r Five elements ~ commentary                                           2012/10/25

Month-roundels ~ Aegis and shield pt1                                       2012/12/04

Aegis, shield & nymphs. Pt2                                                          2012/12/06

Aegis and shield Pt 3 (Bathy- section)                                         2012/12/08

 

A GROUP OF INCIDENTAL POSTS, some for amusement.

Pointless Voynich day-dreams .. ~ incidental                          2012/10/26

Select Curiosities – a few footnotes ~ marginal notes            2012/11/02

Moving it along for mid-winter-festival day.                          2012/11/02

The infuriating Mr.Pelling and Old Coptic                               2012/11/11

Select got time for an hypothesis? ~ may I suggest Mardaite? ~ satire 2012/11/23

Select Deja vu & “SD” on behalf of Edith Sherwood – yet again 2012/12/03

Got time for an hypothesis?…#2 Gallo-Celto-German            2012/12/17

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EXPLORING DETAILS & KNOTTY ISSUES

Eight languages and tajnopis’ cipher ~ without comment     2012/11/14

The Beinecke site ~ incidental                                                   2012/11/27

Select STOP Press – see what I mean?                                    2012/11/22

Months & “nymphs”

Month-roundels ~ Aegis and shield pt1  ~ Background          2012/12/04

Aegis, shield & nymphs. Pt2  ~ Background                             2012/12/06

Aegis and shield Pt 3 (Bathy- section)                                           2012/12/08

Baresch, Nymphs, Egyptian style…and months                          2012/12/09

What’s wrong with Claudius Ptolemy? ~ background             2012/12/11

Aegis and Wolkenband(-en) ~ stylistics                                     2012/12/13

Is it worth it?                                                                                   2012/12/15

The ivory road ~ geog., stylistics                                                  2012/12/19

Voynich world: the 1stC AD stratum ~ geog.                              2012/12/22

passing note                                                                                      2012/12/23

 

CODICOLOGY & related matter

Weaving the Voynich manuscript – short version ~ speculation          2012/12/27

Weaving the voynich manuscript – seriously ~ speculation        2012/12/28

Select short note – Voynichese pairings                                          2012/12/29

Inks and pigments ~ historical notes                                                2012/12/30

Viola group (f.9v) hidden letters & lenses                                         2013/01/01

More on the early centuries AD ~ postcard style                             2013/01/04

Tiny writing – no lenses                                                                        2013/01/05

Voynichese as a technical notation ~ speculation, comment            2013/01/05

Select Botanical folios – gosh                                                                 2013/01/06

Odoric, James and the Octopus Vine (post removed)                       2013/01/07

Languages and scripts                                                                             2013/01/07

Not a cliff-hanger                                                                                      2013/01/08

A bit more on dyes                                                                                    2013/01/09

Select 32-blink ~ historical perspective; geog.                                       2013/01/09

Convergence, co-incidence and imitation ~ comment                          2013/01/11

f.86v West roundel – Password protected                                 (preliminary…2013/01/11)

Textiles, storax and the alchemy of alum ~ historical notes            2013/01/12

 

Botanical and pharma sections. Note ~ botanical                             2013/01/14

Just before the Voynich cattle died ~ primary sources                   2013/01/15

f.16v Pt1 – the short (and merciful) version                                      2013/01/19

f16v cont. Of Angels, angelicas & oliphants ~ details                      2013/01/25

Ivory and angels                                                                                    2013/01/19

Savage reviews ~ incidental post                                                         2013/01/21

Plainly incomprehensible                                                                      2013/01/22

A thought about f.1r                                                                               2013/02/05

more on f.1r and Asian forms for dragon                                            2013/02/06

Alchemy’s sweet scent (edited) ~ botanical, technical                  2013/02/05

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BACGROUND & more botanical folios

Spain 10thC ~ background notes                                           2013/02/08

Holidays over ~ botanical, textiles                                          2013/02/10

f43r – Mangroves ~ botanical                                                             2013/02/10

Unanswered questions: a selection ~ geog                                         2013/02/11

The Voynich parchment ~ codicology                                                  2013/02/16

Kircher’s sieve ~ methodology                                                             2013/02/17

VMS not German – the vital IMO ~ incidental post                          2013/02/18

Botanical: habit& habitat – water plants and vines grouped            2013/02/19

Plagiarism and relative value ~ principles                                         2013/02/21

Botanical: Cultivated- & Rapidly regenerating plants                      2013/02/21

fol.34v – wooden apple (Challenge question) ~ methodology         2013/02/27

96v Spinach-leaf (-berry) vines                                                            2013/02/28

fol52v Dracunculus vulgaris and Titan arum~ botanical                  2013/03/27

RESULTS: the short story                                                                    2013/02/23

Baresch (Barshius)                                                                                  2013/02/25

Citations ARE a problem ~ incidental post                                          2013/03/01

Another challenge – botanical imagery ~ methodology                     2013/03/02

Language & cipher .. marginal note                                                        2013/03/02

Simile Ergo Sum ~ methodology                                                              2013/03/04

f13r Musaceae and Europe ~ botanical                                                   2013/03/05

Botanical – Brews                                                                                        2013/03/05

Let Harmony reign: Baresch and Mnishovsky ~ Historical note          2013/03/06

Eastern (Siddha) medicine and immortality ~ historical background       2013/03/07

Consistency ~ pharmacy                                                                      2013/03/08

Excellent memory – poor handwriting- and Augustine                  2013/03/09

Gesture – Pt 1 Europe                                                                         2013/03/10

Gesture – Pt 2 Mudhra and hasta                                                      2013/03/11

Hard-copy publication                                                                          2013/03/13

Nimrod and the Standing Archer in the Vms                                   2013/03/14

Archer and Vms – very short version.                                              2013/03/14

Art and Science intersect: diaries                                                        2013/03/15

f34r detail with scale                                                                             2013/03/15

Questioning imitations and fakes ~ Technical/Methodology          2013/03/17

Select f57v – centre details ~ methodology                                         2013/03/17

Select f57v a little more on mathematics and geodesy                  2013/03/19

The Communities of St.Thomas ~ historical background                2013/03/20

f.57v – a nice link-up                                                                           2013/03/22

BACKSTORY so far (June 2012-March 2013) ~                             2013/03/21

Persian & stars ~ astronomy                                                               2013/03/23

Select f.25v – Dracaena (a retrospective) ~ botanical                     2013/03/30

The maze-garden of alchemy ~ general interest                               2013/04/07

The matter of ‘alchemical herbals’ in Voynich studies ~ botanical 2013/04/08

Alchemy,Medicine and the Vms ~ #3 ~ cultural indicators            2013/04/09

Addendum to the Gandharnava ‘Perfume Ocean’ ~ Medicine and Pharmacy, 2013/04/11

Gandharnava – botanical ingredients                                               2013/04/12

Mondragone anniversary. ‘Pharma’ vessels ~                               2013/04/13

Select Pharma vessels #2 ~ reprint.~ Medicine and Pharmacy,  2013/04/13

Cluster map                                                                                          2013/04/14

Professor Lechner’s talk at the Mondragone conference      2013/04/14

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Persians in SE Asia during the Sassanid era                                   2013/04/15

Update on the fish-bull story                                                          2013/04/17

Hatching ~ Stylistics                                                                         2013/04/20

Select Pics B txt                                                                                 2013/04/21

Appeal to Linguists and Alchemy people                                     2013/04/21

Failing semiotics                                                                                2013/04/23

The great Aldrovandi…~ botanical                                                2013/04/24

Paradoxical history of balsam #1 ~ botanical                               2013/04/26

Paradoxical history of balsam #2 ~ botanical                               2013/04/28

Paradoxical History of Balsam #3 ~                                               2013/04/30

Perfumes, herbals and ROM(e) ~ botanical                                 2013/04/30

Texts and vocabularies                                                                    2013/05/01

Paradoxical History of Balsam #4 ~                                               2013/05/01

Paradoxical History of Balsam #5 (final) ~ botanical                 2013/05/05

Heath Robinson and the Vms                                                         2013/05/06

No evidence that Rudolf ever owned ms Beinecke 408         2013/05/07

Plants and Poisons ~ botanical                                                       2013/05/09

Like a fraction                                                                                   2013/05/12

Pencil~ technical                                                                               2013/05/13

Getting to the Point.                                                                         2013/05/15

Getting to the Point ~ Pt 2                                                              2013/05/16

Getting to the point Pt 3                                                                 2013/05/18

Fakes and Science ~ Technical/Methodology                             2013/05/20

Select Getting to the Point ~ Pt4                                                 2013/05/20

Posts related to previous                                                                2013/05/21

Kircher’s letter to Moretus 1639 ~ Languages and scripts      2013/05/24

Paragraph spaces? ~ Technical/Methodology                             2013/05/25

Paragraph spaces + Micrography =                                             2013/05/26

Precedence ~ cultural indicators                                                   2013/05/26

positing a pre-‘Rudolfine’ history 1 – Kircher                             2013/05/27

Voynichese note                                                                               2013/05/31

positing a pre-Rudolfine history 2 – the others                         2013/06/01

folio 9v – a short note on ‘hands’.                                                 2013/06/01

positing a pre-Rudolfine history – biographies and a pattern   2013/06/02

Tinctoris’ Hand                                                                                  2013/06/03

Codicology – hair and flesh ~ Technical/Methodology   Password protected         2013/06/06

Codicology – Tannin                                                                     2013/06/07

Codicology – DIY books                                                               2013/06/10

Dimensions and places                                                                  2013/06/10

Tackling the text ~ geographical                                                2013/06/11

Codicology ~ Notebooks                                                                2013/06/12

Viola and languages ~cultural indicators                                     2013/06/14

Dimensions and Proportions Brit.Lib.Mss from 1340-1450 AD 2013/06/20

Plants on the Page: dispositions and parchment                      2013/06/20

Hypothetically ~ Medicine and Pharmacy                                2013/06/22

A much-travelled Jewish miscellany                                          2013/06/22

Filters – history, codicology, palaeography                                 2013/06/23

A lordly chap in 15thC northern Italy                                         2013/06/27

Bringing parts together                                                                 2013/06/27

Pages from the Veneto ~ Codicology                                           2013/06/28

Quote 1                                                                                            2013/07/02

Book of Asaf ~ Pharmacy, Kabbalah                                           2013/07/03

fol.9v once more ~ Codicology         Password protected         2013/07/04

“ …thesauros Artis medicae Aegyptiacos” Pt1                            2013/07/06

“thesauros Artis medicae Aegyptiacos” Pt2                                2013/07/08

Clarification – Karimi and merchant banks                                   2013/07/09

“thesauros Artis medicae Aegyptiacos” Pt 3                               2013/07/12

“thesauros Artis medicae Aegyptiacos Pt 4 Bacon’s materials 2013/07/13

Materia medica from Aleppo ~ Pharmacy                                    2013/07/14

Pharmacists’ Oath and Lombardy Herbal                                      2013/07/15

The oath of Pharmacists in 14thC France                                      2013/07/15

aiiin group                                                                                           2013/07/18

Panofsky and Friedman’s Questions                                              2013/07/19

Panofsky – postscript                                                                       2013/07/20

Snippets only                                                                                      2013/07/21

The ‘beastly’ Lombardy Herbal Pt1 – female forms                  2013/07/22

Weights and Measures                                                                    2013/07/23

Thanks Ggle                                                                                       2013/07/27

The Tao of Voynich Studies                                                           2013/07/28

The ‘beastly’ Lombardy Herbal – ladies cont.                             2013/08/03

The ‘beastly’ Lombardy Herbal – cards and charts                   2013/08/06

response to queries about cards and charts                                2013/08/09

Castles by the sea                                                                             2013/08/11

Further note on the ‘Itinerary’~ geographical                            2013/08/12

Weights and Measures & Regex                                                   2013/08/14

Genuine articles – a Bibliog                                                            2013/08/16

previous post ‘Balneis’ ~                                                                 2013/08/20

The language elephant                                                                    2013/08/23

A document in Kircher’s correspondence ~                                 2013/08/24

The ‘Beastly’ Lombardy Herbal & Balneis Puteolanis ~           2013/08/25

In these same characters ~ Marginal notes                                  2013/08/28

In these same characters Pt2 ~ botanical                                      2013/08/30

Mtskheta ~ astronomy                                                                     2013/08/30

A convenient table ~ botanical                                                         2013/08/31

In these same characters Pt3                                                           2013/08/31

Retrospectively, Jan [Hurych?]                                                       2013/08/31

Stars and stones? ~ Marginal notes                                                 2013/09/01

All stops Chorasan                                                                               2013/09/02

Abbreviated texts                                                                               2013/09/09

Comparison                                                                                           2013/09/11

Just an idea ~ £40                                                                               2013/09/12

Hoffmann, not Hoffman                                                                       2013/09/17

A missing link ~ cultural indicators                                                  2013/12/02

I’m certain                                                                                             2013/12/03

In the vicinity..                                                                                    2013/12/05

More on the missing link Cod.Pal.586                                            2013/12/07

Afterword on the ‘tablecloth’                                                           2013/12/07

In the vicinity Pt2 ~ cultural indicators                                           2013/12/08

How to Voynich                                                                                   2013/12/24

How to Voynich (postscript)                                                               2013/12/25

Folio 70r                                                                                                2013/12/28

Select 70r – the astrological and Yemeni angles                        2013/12/29

Telling details – the chap on folio 70r again                                2014/01/05

Taking copies of original research                                                   2014/01/07

Anguineus vir – fol.70r yet again                                                     2014/01/13

Foreign plants and qanat irrigation                                                 2014/01/15

Foreign plants – with caveat ~ botanical                                       2014/01/16

Back to folio 67v-I ~ cultural indicators                                          2014/10/17

The Kircher link                                                                                 2014/10/18

Monolingual and monocultural assumptions                             2014/10/18

A T-O map with wind grid ~ Marginal notes                             2014/10/20

Labours of the months                                                                   2014/10/22

Recent interest – the Vms’ world                                                 2014/10/27

Talking about art and codicology                                                   2014/10/28

Voynich botanical reprint (f.33v) ~ botanical                             2014/11/11

Another from the vaults: re Gautier Dalche; Scott Westrem (overdue update) 2014/11/15

Flurry of Titanium ~ Technical/Methodology                             2014/11/15

Select Q: Who first said that? A: Wilfrid Voynich (Pt 1)          2014/11/18

Select Q: Who first said that? A: Wilfrid Voynich (Pt 2)          2014/11/19

Select Q: Who first said that? A: Wilfrid Voynich (Pt. 3)         2014/11/19

Select Q: Who first said that? A: Wilfrid Voynich (Pt 4)          2014/11/20

Eavesdropping can be fun                                                             2014/11/20

Eavesdropping can be fun – 2. Folger gossip                               2014/11/21

re-postings                                                                                        2014/11/22

Green stars (reprint from my Blogger series) ~ astronomy   2014/11/22

I am a great invention of the physician Philo of Tarsus          2014/11/23

Philo of Tarsus in Renaissance scholasticism                              2014/11/23

Disordered content                                                                         2014/11/24

Roger Bacon, Itineraries, Maths, and Judah Loew                     2014/11/25

Item on folio 79v                                                                             2014/11/29

Goatskin cover                                                                                 2014/11/29

Mnemonics: word and image                                                         2014/12/01

Marci to Kircher 1641 and speculation                                        2014/12/04

Vide…                                                                                                2014/12/05

List of posts                                                                                      2014/12/06

Ring/situla. Another from the vaults                                            2014/12/08

Fold-outs. Again, from the vaults.                                                  2014/12/09

Tucker et.al ‘Opuntia ficus indica’ ~ botanical                            2014/12/12

More on Tucker et.al. ‘Quite definitely Passiflora…’ ~ botanical                2014/12/13

Green waters – 15thC maps ~ geographical                               2014/12/13

About oils                                                                                          2014/12/14

Green Sea, Ireland and eastern ciphers –edited                       2014/12/18

Voynich-like script/s Persia, Egypt and Lyons                          2014/12/19

Green oceans in Matthew Paris                                                    2014/12/20

Green ocean – Leeks and Cyrene                                                  2014/12/23

Image from Michael Scot’s Liber Introductorius                        2014/12/25

Green ocean – Paris’ world DATES                                               2014/12/26

Abano’s Egyptian decans – footnote to previous post            2014/12/28

In the seas – wind diagrams                                                         2014/12/30

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Comments

  1. Hello, newly interested person in the VM and new to WordPress… still trying to learn how to drive it..so apologies if this ends up somewhere inappropriate.

    I’ve been reading a bit about the marginalia and Jacobus de T signature…..but have not seen a lot of discussion about graphic elements that appear (to me anyway) to be signatures adjacent the drawings on each of pages 66v and 86r. Also whether the 3 line graphic element on 87r may be related, particularly to the first element of the 86r “signature”.

    Is anyone aware of a discussion on these graphic elements? The only description that I’ve seen written, was at the top of p26 in D’Imperio’s “Elegant Enigma” where they were dismissed as unintelligible scrawls with possibly some Arabic characters. Both 66v and 86r have common features,

    I thought they may have been marks from the vellum manufacturer, but an expert in this area have let me know that this is not probable as vellum makers are not known to mark their work in such a way. I can’t see via this page how to upload pictures. I have extracted the sections from each page as image files if anyone is interested.

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    • I do not become involved in discussions about the script, and since these ‘scrawls’ appear to be forms of script, I’d suggest that you look up the folio numbers at Nick Pelling’s site ciphermysteries.com You may agree or not with any remarks posted there, but there’s usually a pretty active discussion.

      Good luck.

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  2. Voynich Manuscript each section detailed. Originated from Sindh, is in Landa Khojki scripts. Khawaja Ismail i , Bukhara, Samarkand Uzbekistan Connection. Book has been read last year.

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    • Sukhwant, I do not publish links from other people on the blog, but I’m sure that anyone wanting to find what you’ve published online will be able to find it. If you publish a book about it, do come back here and leave a note, won’t you?

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