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Author Janick, Jules, 1931- author.

Title Unraveling the Voynich Codex / Jules Janick, Arthur O. Tucker.

Published Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Fascinating life sciences
Fascinating life sciences.
Springer Biomedical and Life Sciences eBooks 2018 English+International
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Intro; Dedication; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Contents; Part I: An Introduction to the Voynich Codex; Chapter 1: Origin and Provenance of the Voynich Codex; Origins; The Mexican Connection; Literature; Voynich Resources; Provenance; John Dee; Was the Voynich Codex in John Dee's Library?; Francisco Hernández; Conclusion; Literature Cited; Chapter 2: The Voynich Codex; Codex Foliation; Facsimiles; Sections; Herbal (Folios 1v-11v, 13r-57r, 65r-65v, 66v, 87r-87v, 89v-90v, 93r-96v); Pharmaceutical (Folios 88r-89v, 99r-102v); Balneological (Folios 75r, 75v, 76v-84v).
Cosmological (Folios 67r-69v, 86v)Astrological (Folios 70r-73v); Recipe (Folios 103r-116r); Other Folios; Pigments, Pigment Binder, and Composition Analyses; Inks; Green Pigment; Blue Pigment; Red-Brown Pigment; Pigment Binders; Composition; Dating of the Vellum; Conclusion; Literature Cited; Chapter 3: An Historical Context for the Voynich Codex: Aztec Mexico and Catholic Spain; Spanish Encounter the New World; History of the Aztecs; Pre-conquest Mexican Society; Politics and Economy; Aztec Culture; Linguistics; Religion; Astronomy; Botanical Gardens; Bathing; Medical Knowledge; Art.
Writing and PoetryPost-conquest Mexican Society: New Spain; The Conquest; Encomienda and Slavery; The Church; The Holy Inquisition; Establishment of Schools and Colegios; Disease; Jewish and Moorish Influences; Conclusion; Literature Cited; Part II: Evidence for Mesoamerican Origins; Chapter 4: Phytomorph and Geomorph Identification; Plant Images in the Voynich Codex; Plant Identification; Fern: Ophioglossaceae; Gymnosperm: Taxodiaceae; Angiosperms: Asparagaceae/Agavaceae; Apiaceae; Apocynaceae; Araceae; Asteraceae; Boraginaceae; Brassicaceae; Cactaceae; Caryophyllaceae; Convolvulaceae.
DioscoreaceaeEuphorbiaceae; Fabaceae; Gesneriaceae; Grossulariaceae; Lamiaceae; Malvaceae; Marantaceae; Menyanthaceae; Moraceae; Nyctaginaceae; Onagraceae; Passifloraceae; Penthoraceae; Polemoniaceae; Ranunculaceae; Saxifragaceae; Solanaceae; Urticaceae; Valerianaceae; Verbenaceae; Violaceae; Mineral Identification; Conclusion; Literature Cited; Chapter 5: Phytomorphs in the Pharmaceutical Section: The Rosetta Stone of the Voynich Codex; The Decipherment of Lost Languages; Deciphering the Language Symbols of the Voynich Codex; The Voynichese Symbols.
Associations of Phytomorphs with Plant NamesDevelopment of a Syllabary/Alphabet; Voynichese and Problems in Decipherment; Cognates of Voynichese in Classical Nahuatl; Orthography of Voynichese and Comparison with Nahuatl; SpanNahuatl; An Alphabetical Sequence of Voynichese Symbols; Conclusion; Literature Cited; Chapter 6: Zoomorph Identification; Animal Images in the Voynich Codex; Zoomorph Identification; Invertebrates; Fish; Amphibians; Reptiles; Birds; Mammals; Conclusion; Literature Cited; Chapter 7: Nymphs and Ritual Bathing; Balneological Section; Nymph Figures; Crucifix; Metallic Rings.
Summary "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."-- Provided by publisher.
Other author Tucker, Arthur O., author.
SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Voynich manuscript.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Mexico.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9783319772943 (electronic bk.)
3319772945 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.1007/978-3-319-77294-3