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The Voynich X-mas List

More Wishes – Straw in Return

gas chromatograph photo

Photo by Andy.Schultz

In a follow-up to my post on The Voynich Rebinding I would like to add gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to the wish list. Say that word aloud while you type it into your preferred search engine and before you can catch your breath you will be presented with a find on Nick Pelling’s blog. So, again I’m not alone with the desire to locate the origin of some of the ingredients used in manufacturing The Voynich.

It is also healthy to get up to date what GC (w/ or w/o MS) cannot do for you, “CSI NY style”. Anyways the conducted material analysis and it’s fallacies seems to have been criticised enough and I’m afraid we won’t see more destructive tests anytime soon. But as always, the devil pearl straw nests way down in the comments of  Nick’s post: A Mr. Thomas Spande comments about palmierite, (K,Na)2Pb(SO4)2, a mineral that has been identified as possible ingredient in the X-ray diffraction run.

Luigi Palmieri

Photo: INGV

Palmierite is a mineral with very rare natural occurrence, named in honour of Sgr. Palmieri, director of the Mt. Vesuvius Observatory, who discovered it in situ in 1906.
I have nothing to add. Besides, the other place where natural palmierite in the same form is to be found lies in Kamchatka.
This time my smoking gun is represented by a non-smoking fumarole on Mount Vesuvius.

The Mccrone analysis report states that with all possibility the inks of the drawings and the ink of the writing are basically the same. That does not convince me at all. It may be the same ink, but nowhere does it say it necessarily came from the same flask.. The missing pages could hold a possible explanation: a) there was inappropriate pre-existing content (drawings) on them and b) they were used for anaLYSIS of the inks, which the remaining chemical stains of the attempted “enhancement” of the Tepenecz signature could account for. That story was really weak to begin with.

strohstern photo

Photo by catlovers

To some this may represent a straw only. Thinking of it I always really liked the straw-stars that are common as christmas tree decoration in southern Germany and Austria. How long ’till X-mas again?

Oh, and dare I whisper: Infrared reflectography.. Hey, it is non-desctructive.

Read more on the history of pigments.