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Fascinating Life Sciences

Unraveling the Voynich Codex

Authors: Janick, Jules, Tucker, Arthur

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  • First scientifically researched study on the Voynich Codex
  • Expertly written with colorful illustrations for scientists and educated laypersons
  • Unique perspective on a Mesoamerican lost language
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About this book

Unraveling the Voynich Codex reviews the historical, botanical, zoological, and iconographic evidence related to the Voynich Codex, one of the most enigmatic historic texts of all time.

The bizarre Voynich Codex has often been referred to as the most mysterious book in the world.  Discovered in an Italian Catholic college in 1912 by a Polish book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, it was eventually bequeathed to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University.  It contains symbolic language that has defied translation by eminent cryptologists.  The codex is encyclopedic in scope and contains sections known as herbal, pharmaceutical, balenological (nude nymphs bathing in pools), astrological, cosmological and a final section of text that may be prescriptions but could be poetry or incantations. Because the vellum has been carbon dated to the early 15th century and the manuscript was known to be in the collection of Emperor Rudolf II of the Holy Roman Empire sometime between 1607 and 1622, current dogma had assumed it a European manuscript of the 15th century.  However, based on identification of New World plants, animals, a mineral, as well as cities and volcanos of Central Mexico, the authors of this book reveal that the codex is clearly a document of colonial New Spain.  Furthermore, the illustrator and author are identified as native to Mesoamerica based on a name and ligated initials in the first botanical illustration.  This breakthrough in Voynich studies indicates that the failure to decipher the manuscript has been the result of a basic misinterpretation of its origin in time and place.  Tentative assignment of the Voynichese symbols also provides a key to decipherment based on Mesoamerican languages.  A document from this time, free from filter or censor from either Spanish or Inquisitorial authorities has major importance in our understanding of life in 16th century Mexico. 

Publisher's Note: For the eBook editions, Voynichese symbols are only rendered properly in the PDF format.

About the authors

Dr. Jules Janick, James Troop Distinguished Professor of Horticulture at Purdue University, is a renowned editor of scientific journals and has published widely on horticulture, genetics and breeding, horticultural history, art, and iconography.

Dr. Arthur O. Tucker, Professor Emeritus at Delaware State University, is the former Director of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium and is a recognized worldwide authority on plant and herb identification. 

Fernando A. Moreira, project consultant in Alberta, Canada, is an independent researcher in medical and Mesoamerican iconography (flora and fauna), historical linguistics, and ethnology of pre-Columbian and contact period of Mexico and Guatemala.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Flaherty, Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University has expertise in wildlife ecology and habitat management

Reviews

“The overall impression one has of this remarkable work is that botanical expertise has significantly advanced our understanding of the Voynich Codex. … Tucker and Janick have given those who have taken an interest in unraveling this mystery outstanding material with which to continue their lively debate over its origins and meaning.” (Irwin Goldman, Chronica Horticulturae, Vol. 59 (1), 2019)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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eBook 32,12 €
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Hardcover 41,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Unraveling the Voynich Codex
Authors
Series Title
Fascinating Life Sciences
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77294-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77294-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77293-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08421-9
Series ISSN
2509-6745
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 412
Number of Illustrations
142 b/w illustrations, 169 illustrations in colour
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