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The Voynich Manuscript Hardcover – Illustrated, November 1, 2016
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"For people who like a good historical mystery, this first authorized publication of the fifteenth- or sixteenth-century Voynich Manuscript will fascinate."—Rebecca Onion, Slate
“The Voynich MS has inspired generations of enthusiasts dedicated to deciphering it . . . This beautiful facsimile will make it available for many more people to become enticed and entranced by it.”—David V. Barrett, Fortean Times
“Handsome and well-produced. . . This fascimilie and the accompanying series of essays give a clear sense of the current state of knowledge on the manuscript and reveal the findings of new research.”—H.R. Woud Huysen, Times Literary Supplement
"The publication by Yale University Press of an actual-size colored facsimile, with an informative set of specialist essays on the manuscript’s history, materials, cryptological puzzles, and public impact, will no doubt encourage wider engagement with its enigmas and set off a multitude of amateur as well as professional attempts to decipher it."—Eamon Duffy, New York Review of Books
"Bibliophiles rejoice—one of the book world’s most fascinating and enduring riddles is now available for all to examine. The so-called 'Voynich Manuscript' is proof that, even in our increasingly demystified world, mystery is still alive. . . . For the first time, Yale has reprinted the manuscript in full, in a gorgeous new edition coupled with scholarly essays on the book. All told, the new edition should continue to stoke interest in the eternally mysterious artifact."—New Criterion
"A mouthwatering facsimile of the incunabulum, complete with foldout pages — one origamied into six folios — and a handful of scholarly interrogations."—Peter Lewis, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“[A] very high-quality reproduction of the manuscript . . . [and] the essays are valuable additions to the facsimile.”—Jesse Siragan Arlen, Comitatus
“This volume sets out clearly and succinctly the current state of knowledge about this remarkable manuscript.”—Toby Burrows, Parergon
"This new book, reproducing the entire Voynich Manuscript, is a godsend. While the essays offer valid clues to the manuscript’s age and relation to late medieval science, the manuscript itself stubbornly refuses to yield its secrets."—Roger S. Wieck, Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum
"A book worthy of its subject in every way. Clemens and his collaborators have done an extraordinary job teasing out some of the secrets and wonders of the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript in ways that will make this volume an invaluable resource for many years to come."—Bruce Holsinger, author of A Burnable Book
"Many hands have held Voynich’s now-eponymous book over the centuries . . . yet none of them have managed convincingly to solve its mysteries."—Deborah Harkness, from the Introduction
About the Author
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.
- ASIN : 0300217234
- Publisher : Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (November 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780300217230
- ISBN-13 : 978-0300217230
- Item Weight : 3.93 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.3 x 1.1 x 12.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #63,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
By J. Daugherty on December 25, 2016
By Zoe Wyatt on March 31, 2017
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.
Top reviews from other countries
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.