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Re: VMs: Q. is there a to-do list?
As I am new to this list, I'm not sure what y'all have on Newbold. His
THE CIPHER OF ROGER BACON, edited by Roland Grubb Kent, Univ. of
Pennsylvania Press, 1928, contains 32 plates. Many of them are
"courtesy of Wilfrid M. Voynich", others are facsimiles of Newbold's
own notes. Still others are courtesy of the Vatican Library, the
British Museum and the Bodleian.
I've slapped the title page and some samples up at:
Perhaps some of this material is already up on other Voynich sites,
but I haven't had a chance to check.Yes, I will be happy to go to the
Archives and see what's there. However, it may be a few weeks until I
have time to do so.
BTW Newbold persuaded Morton Easton to offer the first course in
Sanskrit at Penn. Nowadays Stephen Tinney, associate curator of the
Babylonian section at the University Museum, is heading the Sumerian
Dictionary Project. So Penn has a long tradition of deciphering
strange scripts. FWIW Ezra Pound attended Penn as an undergraduate and
we all know what happened to *him*.
On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 23:40:40 +0100, Nick Pelling
> Dear Ross,
> As a paid-up Voynichologist in the right place (Philly) and the right time
> (errrm, now?), is there any chance I could persuade you to examine
> Newbold's personal notes at UPenn?
> Perhaps it's not completely clear from my web-page that "UPT50 N533" is the
> call-out number from the University Archives and Records Center's inventory
> - it has three boxes of Newbold's stuff there, and this web-page is their
> list of what it contains:-
> BTW, if the University will let you take (non-flash) digital photos of it,
> I'm sure someone on-list can rustle up server space to host it all -
> asking's for free, right? :-)
> As far as VMs/Newbold goes, the primary issue ATM is whether there are any
> photographs, photostats, or indeed simply descriptions of the lost twelve
> pages (ie three bifolios?) from f59r to f64v in there somewhere. Simple
> question - but someone has to physically go there to find out. :-|
> Note that UPenn also has Professor Roland Grubb Kent's file (probably
> comprising two folders, though I doubt anyone has checked in the last
> 50-odd years), which you might also consider bravely blowing the dust off
> in the name of Voynichology - Newbold's photos had to go somewhere, right?
> The University Archives opens from Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30
> p.m. For more information about the Archives, refer to
> Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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