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Voynich Manuscript, Online
November 29, 2011 11:38 AM   Subscribe

The Voynich Manuscript (many previously) has been uploaded in its entirety online for your leisurely perusal by Yale's Beinecke Rare Book Library. [via]
posted by SomaSoda (19 comments total) 45 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ha, it's all so obvious now! I have a really elegant solution to this cryptographic mystery, but unfortunately this text box is a little too narrow to accommodate it.
posted by yoink at 11:52 AM on November 29, 2011 [9 favorites]


A friendly reminder this holiday season: Do Not Call Up Any That Ye Cannot Put Down.
posted by chaff at 11:55 AM on November 29, 2011 [9 favorites]


Yay! Viewable with scripts blocked, ~1100 x ~1500 scans available for download without any weird contortions or pasting screen captures together. You go, Old Eli. Somebody in New Haven gets it.

> A friendly reminder this holiday season: Do Not Call Up Any That Ye Cannot Put Down.

Miskatonuc U: great school, just don't read the textbooks aloud.
posted by jfuller at 12:09 PM on November 29, 2011 [6 favorites]


OTOH, I got a survey popup from the link, so someone else at Yale doesn't get it.
posted by smackfu at 12:18 PM on November 29, 2011


~1100 x ~1500 scans available for download without any weird contortions or pasting screen captures together.

The bummer is that the real source seems to be 2x or 4x that, and it's only available through the tiled image viewer.
posted by smackfu at 12:22 PM on November 29, 2011


Have your essential salts ready BEFORE you begin...
posted by Renoroc at 12:35 PM on November 29, 2011


A friendly reminder this holiday season: Do Not Call Up Any That Ye Cannot Put Down.

Sadly, I will have to call my eldest brother, and he is pretty willfully obtuse. Even if I insulted him, he probably wouldn't notice, but that is family for you.

Thanks for this; the Voynich Manuscript is crazy, although my bet is that it is either a) nonsense of some sort or other (a hoax, automatic writing, an art project), b) undecipherable because some crucial component (like a code list) is lost, or c) not that interesting when solved (insert "Drink Ovaltine" joke here).
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:36 PM on November 29, 2011


Relevant xkcd entry.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:39 PM on November 29, 2011 [5 favorites]


OTOH, I got a survey popup from the link

You can't expect polling companies to resist a nich demographic like this.
posted by uosuaq at 12:39 PM on November 29, 2011


This is wonderful, but is the full manuscript available anywhere in one package (PDF, archive...)? I'd prefer to browse offline, than click page by page.
posted by byanyothername at 12:57 PM on November 29, 2011


Thanks for this; the Voynich Manuscript is crazy, although my bet is that it is either a) nonsense of some sort or other (a hoax, automatic writing, an art project), b) undecipherable because some crucial component (like a code list) is lost, or c) not that interesting when solved (insert "Drink Ovaltine" joke here).

I think it's for real, just pretty obscure and out there in terms of script. It's probably Mongolian, written horizontally, and spoken with a really bad Polish accent.
posted by Jehan at 1:01 PM on November 29, 2011


Thanks for this; the Voynich Manuscript is crazy, although my bet is that it is either a) nonsense of some sort or other (a hoax, automatic writing, an art project), b) undecipherable because some crucial component (like a code list) is lost, or c) not that interesting when solved (insert "Drink Ovaltine" joke here).

I'm okay with any of those, the world needs weird stuff like this. What i do get sick of is people who seem to enjoy sucking the joy out of the world. (not directed at you, but someone i know who doesn't even enjoy things like Star Wars because "they aren't real".)
posted by usagizero at 1:13 PM on November 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


If you don't want to deal with the tiled image viewer, you can download the high-resolution images (about 4000x5500) from Voynich Central. (This is nothing new, those images have been online for years.) They also have PDF versions.
posted by reynaert at 1:15 PM on November 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


(PDFs are here.)
posted by reynaert at 1:16 PM on November 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is also a very good Voynich page browser.
posted by aught at 1:26 PM on November 29, 2011


Voynich PFDs + Goodreader + iPad = Hey guys check this out, this is pretty nea- OW OW OW MY BRAIN

Portable Edition
posted by Doleful Creature at 2:38 PM on November 29, 2011


Weeeee! Internets, have at it.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:35 PM on November 29, 2011


This appears to be more modern than I expected:

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Arguments are of the wrong type, are out of acceptable range, or are in conflict with one another.

/dl_crosscollex/SetsSlideShowXC.asp, line 184

posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 8:24 PM on November 29, 2011


As someone who has read perhaps one too many* fictional works dealing with the Voynich Manuscript, I was kinda underwhelmed by the illustrations.

That script though - man, that's some crazy shit.

Also: as a side effect of said Voynich-related fiction consumption, I now feel like my name is on a list somewhere for having viewed this and pretty soon, they're going to be knocking at my door because I Know Too Much.

* On second thought, this does not exist as it implies there are "too many" novels about the Voynich manuscript, which is impossible.
posted by sonika at 5:31 AM on November 30, 2011


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