At first glance, the manuscript resembles a herbarium or medicine manual, but for over 100 years the best cryptologists in the world have not been able to decipher its contents. The author of the manuscript is also unknown, and all historical references leave more questions than answers.
The Voynich manuscript is 120 pages of the format 15 by 22.5 centimeters on thin calfskin parchment (originally there were 272) covered with incomprehensible letters and decorated with drawings of plants, signs of the zodiac and bathing women. It owes its name to Michał Wojnicz, a Polish antiquarian, chemist and pharmacist, who in 1912 acquired a manuscript from the Jesuits from the Mondragone villa in Frascati.
Format: 23 x 16 cm
Number of pages: 120
Paper Type: Fedrigoni Pergamenata
Binding: Natural parchment binding, hand sewing with cotton threads
Circulation: 600 copies worldwide.
Accessories: Stylized wooden box, gloves, notary certificate, wrapped in natural leather with original wax seal
The manuscript, known for its endless expertise and theory of its origin, was purchased from the Jesuits Italian in 1912 by a Polish antiquarian - Michał Wojnicz. As a priceless unique is currently kept in the Bieneck Rare Books Library belonging to the Yale University.
A faithful scientific copy published by Manuscriptum Publishing House, reproducing every little detail of the original, it was shown to Poles for the first time during the Poznań Book Fair on March 1, 2019. Manuscriptum first copy will solemnly hand over the Cipher Center implemented by the Poznań City Hall.
During the premiere, the facsimile was taken under the microscope by three outstanding experts on the subject:
Professor Tomasz Jasiński - an outstanding medievalist, professor of history at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań, head of the Department of Source Studies and Auxiliary Sciences of History, director of the Kórnik Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences;
Ph.D. Marek Grajek - a mathematician, a valued consultant in the field of cryptology applications in financial trading and capital markets, author of books on the history of cryptology: "Enigma closer to truth" (History Book of the Year 2008) and "Not only Enigma. A fish that she spoke "(Golden Rose Award for the best popular science book 2014).
PostDoc Rafał T. Prinke - a genealogist who deals with the use of information technology in historical research, tradition researcher and esoteric movements, author and co-author of books on the subject the manuscript.