Mrs. Voynich and her lover went to Italy, telling her husband she was working in the archives there. They visited Elba, Rome and Florence, where they spent the whole summer. Reilly told her about his early life and became the model for her most important novel The Gadfly which was published in the summer of 1897 in the USA (June) and England (September), and later became the top best-seller and compulsory reading in Soviet Russia."
My impression is thus that the Italian romance occured before Summer 1897.
My question now is: why in that case the 1898/1912 gap? I know it s not that easy to answer it, and that history is a strange science. For instance the first London catalogue possibly was published in 1898 but a second edition of it appeared in May 1902. The index of books contained in lists I-VI is dated March 1902.
Rafal could well be right: at least six lists ( which is a big amount of books ) were published in 1902 or earlier.
Mart Vabar <mesinik@xxxxxx> wrote:
On Tue, 6 Jul 2004, [iso-8859-1] jean-yves artero wrote:
> Hi again Mart, your thoughts I share to a broad extent ...
> Mart Vabar
>> one point of interest could be to ask them, if they got possible
>> "suggestions" from secret services.
>> both Voynich and Kravchinsky was probably "interesting" for ss-es.
>> this is an old story anyway and it could be possible, the participants will
>> tell us about possible advices for trade or even about the origin of VMS.
>> not much hope, but maybe worth to try.
> OK Do you think the Italian tour by Ethel and Stepniak could be relevant?
> The preparation of the VMS "bargain" should be traced between say 189X and
> 191X, right?
surely this was the time, he began to create the "legend" about this tome for
typical ! buyers in anglo-american market.
the possible suggestions for buyers (from secret services) could be done much
> In a way, one century ago; I cannot imagine at the moment that
> even in the case of a hoax, or of a "ss-es" file, some people are still to be
I agree. But you see - like the Parkinsons law tells us - one thing is, what
the ss-es (like any other organizations) are doing, another thing is, what is
written down in papers.
we can hope an honest answer to such questions only, if the "real activities"
(in our case the possible suggestions for actual buyers) are not criminal.