Voynich MS - Note from the author
If you want to contact me, you may find my
contact information here.
I am not reflecting all updates to the site on this page, but I maintain the site quite regularly.
I prefer not to give undue attention to the ever increasing stream of proposed text solutions.
A recent publication has finally shed light on where the Voynich MS was hidden until the time
that Voynich was given the opportunity to acquire it. It was
not Villa Mondragone. Full details are included
here. Also the
history page has been updated correspondingly.
Voynich MS Conference 2022
The University of Malta has organised an online Voynich MS conference on 30 Nov. and 1 Dec. 2022.
The >>proceedings are available on-line.
The original conference web site is
For further information see also here.
Material from the conference is gradually being incorporated in this web site.
The notable new information about the sale of the Voynich MS to Rudolf is reflected in the
- There is considerable on-going work related to transliteration of the Voynich MS, especially concerning the
existing transliteration files. These have been compared, and all have been converted into a single,
common format, which allows processing of all files by the same tools.
A superset of all transliteration alphabets has been defined, and is now introduced
on a dedicated page.
A new software tool
The basics are explained on this page, which also has links to more detailed
on this page.
Links to all transliteration files are provided near the bottom of the first
The terminology has been changed to use the more correct term 'transliteration' rather than
- The new results of the palaeographic analysis of Lisa Fagin Davis are being integrated into the site, for example
handwriting of the MS. Her main papers appeared on 7 May 2020 and
1 December 2022.
- The biographies of the main players in the history of the MS are undergoing some
revision. Karl Widemann has been added, while
Barschius and Marci were already
updated significantly before.
- The oldest known reference to the Voynich MS, namely the 1639 letter from Kircher to Moretus, was already digitised
and published on this page in May 2016. A transcription and translation
of the letter have been added.
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Latest update: 10/09/2023