Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Book Review: The Voynich Manuscript

Title: The Voynich Manuscript
Author: Dr Skinner (Foreword), Dr Prinke & Dr Zandbergen (Introduction)
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Publication Date: 15 August 2017
Pages: 289
Format: EBook - PDF (Will only be available in print)
Genre: Non-Fiction/Myth
Source: ARC via NetGalley

The Voynich Manuscript is an extensively illustrated codex featuring cosmological and astrological diagrams interwoven with detailed herbal illustration, relating both to the magical and alchemic view of the universe. It is written in a strangely beautiful cryptographic script. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Having heard of this manuscript some time ago, I was keen to see it for myself. This edition offers an interesting Foreword by Dr. Skinner and an excellent Introduction by Dr Prinke and Dr Zandbergen. Both of these are vital since they illuminate what is known about the text and, more importantly, what isn't. Without reading these first, you would have no idea what you were looking at when you turn to the manuscript itself. As for the latter, it is obviously unreadable, but it is fascinating to flick through the pages and view the illustrations and text. I recommend this to readers interested in historic documents and those fascinated by cryptography.

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