World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript

It’s a book by an unknown author in a language no one understands. Officially, it is known as Beinecke MS 408, since it is housed at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. Unofficially, it is known as the Voynich Manuscript, after the man who brought it to light in 1912.

In 2009 scientists were able to narrow the dates when it was created. They are 95% certain it appeared somewhere between 1404 and 1438.

 

Wikipedia has a long article on the manuscript, and Wikipedia Commons has over two hundred photos of the pages of the book. For really high res photos of the manuscript, go to the source.

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