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The Voynich 1908 Implications

Bitter-Sweet Traces

Setting the creation date of The Voynich between ~1908 to 1912 and assuming Wilfrid Voynich as the creator has a few implications, I believe, which I will collect on a separate implications page as they come to mind.

Most evidently, all of the provenance history must be utter humbug: No Kircher, no Tepenec and no Rudolf II after all (before that it was too brittle anyways). If the Marci Letter is genuine (which the Tepenec-Signature is not), could it simply be about some other volume originating from the “bookish” emperor’s vast collection?

Everything we know about the find of the manuscript originates from Wilfrid Voynich. While humbly leaving the judgement to experts to come, he diligently does the best in his means and researches a history of provenance – which is completely drawn up by himself. The sudden recall of the letter during that process is just a bit too much of self-reference.

We are simply running into a problem of comparison:

The manuscript was found by W. Voynich – The manuscript is documented by the provenance – The provenance was researched by W. Voynich

The same is also the matter with the inks, I’m afraid. Ultimately we are constantly comparing from the same source. This may sound heretic at first but eventually shedding that tail of the story might lead to a certain sense of relief..

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The new creation date does not do away at all with cost & effort involved in creating such a volume, which have been pointed out as factors often enough. Furthermore, the short time span cries for division of work and financing –  and a few other lucky circumstances.

I imagine Mr. Voynich as the bearer of a great script in the search for a producer, speaking in Hollywood terms. He also was the editor and director of the production but something must have gotten out of hand and in the end was left with nothing.

To me there is a hint that The Voynich has an actual message for us to convey. I don’t have any other explanation for Mr. Voynich’s conduct in the matter.

Check out Rich SantaColoma’s Blog to read more on the topic.