This site map includes:
First-time visitors may wish to take the SHORT TOUR. (Note: this is not yet complete). Those already familiar with the Voynich MS can explore the LONG TOUR. Both tours follow the same table of contents and it is possible to jump from the short to to the equivalent page in the long tour using the links provided. Pages in the short tour may be recognised by a different colour scheme, using red and brown.
The short tour is equivalent with about 20 printed pages, while the long tour is, significantly longer.
Click on any of the coloured bars to move to the corresponding section
|2. Description of the manuscript|
|3. Origin of the manuscript|
|4. History of the manuscript|
|5. Past analysis and proposed solutions|
|6. Analysis of the illustrations|
|7. Analysis of the writing (script)|
|8. Analysis of the text|
|9. Additional material|
|Appendices / Reference section|
|A. Page by page description of the manuscript|
|B. Glossary / keyword index and site search|
|C. Picture gallery|
|D. References and web sites|
The long tour includes a number of pages which are 'disconnected' from the main
flow of the text. On these
pages, the reader is advised to use the browser's BACK button to return to the
point from which this page was reached. The "Start page" and "Site map"
links (see below) are usually provided on these pages as a minimum.
An additional index page collects links to each of these pages of additional material.
In the text, there are many links to other pages at this site or at other (external) sites. Links to external sites may be distinguished by the double caret ">>" which precede them.
Some standard links are included on most pages:
|to return to the starting point of this site|
|to go to the road map (this page)|
|to go to the page-by-page overview of the Voynich MS.|
|to go to the glossary / keyword index|
|to go to the picture gallery|
|to go to the bibliography / references / web sites page|
|to go to the start of the tour being followed|
|to go to the next page of the tour being followed|
|to go to the previous page of the tour being followed|
|to go to the corresponding page of the long tour|
Occasionally, cipher text from the Voynich MS is represented at this site. Generally, this will be done using the EVA transcription alphabet, which is explained at a temporary copy of the official page from the EVMT web site. The original character shapes my appear in your browser if you have installed the True Type font: "Voynich EVA Hand 1", available at the same site. You may verify this here: if the following line appears in the Voynich MS script, the font has been properly installed.
fachys ykal ar ataiin
If it says "fachys ykal ar ataiin" (EVA transcription of the start of the Voynich MS) the font has not been installed on your computer.
The Voynich MS is owned by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, who makes the MS available to all scholars wishing to consult it. We are particularly grateful for the publication by the Beinecke Library of a complete set of high-quality, high-resolution digital images of the MS at their web site.
This site contains both 'old' and 'new' material. The creation of an interest group which communicates via a mailing list on the internet forms the natural dividing line between the two.
For most of the 'old' material the author is heavily indebted to D'Imperio, Voynich, Manly, Tiltman, Kahn and Brumbaugh (in rough order of importance), whose publications are listed in the page of references.
Most of the 'new' material presented in these pages originates from the members of the aforementioned mailing list. Contributions have been included from (this time in alphabetical order): G. Claston, R. Firth, J. Gillogly, J. Grove, J. Guy, G. Landini, D. Latham, D. Mardle, M. McCarthy, S. Morabito, P. Neal, M. Perakh, R. Prinke, J. Reeds, M. Roe, L. Roux, D. Stallings, J. Stolfi, T. Takahashi, R. Teague, and the author of these pages. Valuable contributions from these and other members of this interest group still need to be included. The notation (<watsisname) is used occasionally to indicate the source of a particular statement or piece of information.
Additional acknowledgments for contributions on specific topics may be found on the pages concerned.
The material presented at this web site is not "mine" (see
Acknowledgement above), however the
When using material from this site, you are requested to acknowledge the source and it will be appreciated if you put a link back to either the home page of this site (http://www.voynich.nu/) or the location you are quoting.
This is not an "official" site of the Voynich MS, in any sense. The information presented here is mainly derived from the above-mentioned sources, but is naturally affected by the interests or personal views of the author.
I may have missed some attributions of theories or statements to their originators. For such cases, apologies are offered, and correction promised, in advance.
This site does not belong to the Beinecke library of Yale University, nor does it reflect their opinion.
I apologise for having been unreachable the last few years and that E-mails sent to the address that used to be listed here have gone unanswered. As from 20 April 2010 this web site is being maintained again. Until I have set up a better E-mail interface, there is no way at the moment to contact me, but this will change soon. As the old E-mail address has become a target for spammers, this will not be used anymore.Copyright René Zandbergen, 2010