Haven’t heard of it? Neither had I. It’s this handwritten, illustrated manuscript that turned up in 1912. Some Italian book dealer, Voynich, had acquired it. 240 pages of illustrated prose. It appears to have sections on botany, astronomy, cosmology and pharmacology, among other subjects.
And not a word of it is in any known language. Even the letters are alien. Nobody knows what they are. Even the botanical drawings are of unknown plant species.
Carbon dating seems to validate the book’s antiquity, placing its creation somewhere in the early 1400s. As for what it means–who wrote it and why–the best cryptographers and linguists have come up with no clear answers.
Utterly fascinating! I think I’m going to read a book on the subject. The original manuscript is at Yale, but they’ve just placed high res scans online, so dig in.
So, what’s your theory? Here’s a fun one.