Posted on 14 June 2016 by Anton Alipov

Categories: Art, History

Contextual Analysis of Voynich Objects - Part II

This is the second of several articles dedicated to the contextual analysis of some of the Voynich Manuscript objects. The hypothesis of first vords of botanical folios standing for plant names is brought against certain checks, and no explicit disproval of this hypothesis is found. Based on this hypothesis and on the distribution of Voynich "stars" occurrences across the botanical section, the "focal set" of Voynich plants is put forward. It is suggested that Voynich plants identification attempts may be more successful in respect to folios belonging to this set, as opposed to folios not belonging thereto.

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Posted on 19 January 2016 by Anton Alipov

The Voynich Forum is online!

I am pleased to report the launch of the long awaited Voynich Manuscript forum implemented by the international team of Voynich enthusiasts in which I also took part. Any interested person is welcome to participate. We hope that this forum, serving as the dedicated international discussion board, will fill the gap, be useful to the Voynich community and bring closer the day when the meaning of "the most mysterious manuscript in the world" is finally uncovered.

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Posted on 9 September 2015 by Anton Alipov

Last edited on 20 December 2015 by Anton Alipov

Categories: Art, History

Contextual Analysis of Voynich Objects - Part I

This is the first of several articles dedicated to the contextual analysis of some of the Voynich Manuscript objects. Object labels from f68r1 and f68r2 are considered, and patterns of their occurrence throughout the VMS are investigated. In respect to the thematic context in which those "Voynich stars" are mentioned, the article introduces the notion of "application" of Voynich objects; it focuses primarily on the "botanical" application of Voynich stars. The article provides qualitative insight into the stars' "importance", their "botanical affinity", distribution of stars across the botanical folios and distribution of stars within the folio space.


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Posted on 6 August 2015 by Anton Alipov

Categories: Art, History

"Valden" Rules: Yet Another Look at Voynich f116v, line 3

In my extensive earlier post on f116v I tried, among other things, to transliterate the famous and enigmatic "valden ubren" - with little effort though (I admit!) and even less success.

It suddenly occurred to me that "valden" might be a word form of "walden", i.e. "v" might just have been used interchangeably with "w". Of course I consulted Lexer at once, and "walden" turned to be the same as "walten", which still stands in modern German for "to reign, to rule, to have power over something".

In the context of the "spell hypothesis" this seems better than everything else proposed, does not it?

Why in infinitive (or is it 3rd person plural?) and what is "ubren"? I do not know. As always, feedback from MHD/FNHD experts is most welcome (where are they all?)

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Posted on 4 June 2015 by Anton Alipov

Last edited on 5 June 2015 by Anton Alipov

Categories: Art, History

Good Heavens of the Voynich Manuscript

The awkward drawings of the Voynich Manuscript are the subject of ongoing discussion. In most cases it is not clear what exactly is depicted. In the absense of plain-text labeling, we are left to search for patterns and for analogies with plain-text manuscripts of the respective era. The pattern that attracted my attention is found in the illustrations accompanying the works of Lyranus who lived in 14th century and was a famous commentator of the Bible.

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