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Re: VMs: Hi from another newbie
a) Where's the best place I download a good copy of the manuscript?
The mirror site doesn't work. You have to use the Beinecke
site. It has the whole thing. You can use the text list on
the site above with a download manager to easily download
the whole thing. The text list needs to be updated but it
should get you most of it.
And where can I download the EVA font?
"La Police Voynich"
b) The plumbing in the manuscript's biological section is popularly
believed to represent bodily organs and vessels, right?
No. No one knows what it is. A few of the biological
pages do look like internal organs but the rest of them
don't. We really don't know what we are looking at. In a
lot of the drawings it could just be water.
And the botanical section has a
picture of what looks like a red capsicum, but the fruit is green, not
That it is capsicum was just Brumbaugh's idea and no one
believes it anymore.
So... How many of the usual suspects for writing the manuscript
(Bacon, Dee, Kelley, etc.) were colour-blind?
No one in a long time has believed that Bacon had anything
to do with the VMs. And now we don't believe that Dee and
Kelly had anything to do with it either.
A lot of what one hears about the VMs is from old ideas
that are now discredited. It just remains as a sort of
folklore, unfortunately. :-)
The recommendations to Smári McCarthy are good.
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