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VMs: Re: Voynich Biography

Hello Rene,
Well, seeing Wilfrid Michael Voynich in E. Millicent Sowerby's book "Rare People & Rare Books" pretty much clinches it for me. She greatly admired and worked for him for a number of years until just prior to the outbreak of WWI which shut down his business in London. What I don't know is whether or not Wilfred Michael was his given first and middle names at birth or if these were new names chosen when he changed his last name. From Emily we also learn that he was a "Christian agnostic" so these names are certainly plausible. In addition, we learn from her book that Voynich and Sergius Stepniak were good friends. I find it interesting that Sergius's middle name was Michaelovitch... In fact Sergius might have been influential in helping Wilfrid escape from Siberia. From E. Millicent Sowerby we also learn that Wilfrid met his future wife, Ethel Boole who was working with Sergius at the time. I wonder what these guys and gals were up to back then?   
Sergius Michaelovitch Kravchinski (page down)
Dana Scott  
----- Original Message -----
From: Rene Zandbergen
Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2002 3:31 AM
To: voynich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: VMs: Re: Voynich Biography
Hi Dana,

before, you had a long list of sources which
gave Wilfred as Voynich's first name and I
again began to wonder. But now use are using
Wilfrid again.
Is that how the latest source you are quoting
gives his name?

In fact I just had an idea and looked through the
few copies of letters I have. There is one from
Prague to Voynich dated 16 March 1921, in response
to a query from Voynich. It uses:

Mr. Wilfrid M. Voynich, Aeolian Hall,
33 West 42nd street, New York.

Also, the author of his paper in 1921 is
listed as Wilfrid M. Voynich (April 1921),
so to me it is clear that this is how he called
himself at the time he had just acquired the

For what it's worth :-/


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