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The Voynich Manuscript Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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Deborah Harkness is a historian of science, professor at the University of Southern California, and the author of the New York Times best-selling All Souls trilogy.
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In addition to the facsimile, the book contains six chapters dedicated to the history of the manuscript and the attempts that have been made to decipher it. While these chapters contain little new information, they are well researched, and cover what can be known about the manuscript without straying into the realm of unprovable hypothesis.
In conclusion, if you ever wanted to page through The Voynich Manuscript on something other than a computer screen... this is as good an opportunity as you will ever find.
Set aside a few hours to get lost in the mystery of the Voynich for a while, and then leave it somewhere in the house (a coffee table, likely) for someone else to find. You've got an excellent conversation piece for years to come.
Now, thanks to the Yale University Press, I can finally see it in all its weird and wonderful glory! This reproduction is incredible! Every single stain, tear, and wrinkle is clearly visible--exactly as in the original--and the quality is top-notch. I can peruse it page by page to my heart's content; ponder and speculate right along with the master linguists, cryptographers, and conspiracy theorists; and in general, have a great time.
The book includes chapters of historical notes, background, and theories, but otherwise is a faithful page-by-page full-scale reproduction of the original--including covers, flyleafs, and special foldout pages corresponding to the oversized pages in the original manuscript. It is a nicely bound, well-made book that deserves a place in the personal library of anyone who has ever loved a good puzzle or mystery.
Top international reviews
The book arrived earlier than expected and my partner loves it.
I've only flicked through it. The paper and print quality is excellent (and smells great. I'm a book sniffer). There are fold out sections and clear scans of the actual manuscript as well as essays in the back.
It got me lots of brownie points.
I have 'deciphered' at least 35% of the astronomy/astrology/cosmology section.....this book will help me to continue without losing my eyesight !
It is an incentive to carry on because each page is clear enough to study. For those who are curious regarding the VM, this is THE must book of it.
But do you know what - I cant understand a word. ;)
Questa è l unica copia autorizzata ed ufficiale del manoscritto curata dalla biblioteca di Yale dove attualmente è conservato.
Un must have per chi vuole toccare con mano ed osservare da vicino questa misteriosa opera.