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The mystery of the Voynich Manuscript

Written in a language that has never been translated, “its origin and purpose are entirely obscure”

By Kevin Jackson  

A page from the mysterious manuscript

In the middle of August—traditionally the “Silly Season” for reporting—several British newspapers ran the story of a small publishing house which had just secured the rights to produce a limited edition of “the most mysterious book in the world”: the Voynich Manuscript. As all lovers of curious lore will know, this is a richly and strangely illustrated text, written in a language that has never been translated, or a code that has never been cracked. Carbon-dating has shown that…

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