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Re: VMs: Reasearching the VMs at Beinecke
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 05:26:01 -0400 (EDT)
Please keep us informed as to any "new" order that suggests itself from
your reconstruction efforts. The Mrsids were helpful, but nothing takes
the place of being able to physically examine where the original "Tab A"
fit into "Slot B".
> I can detect 4 separate binding of the VMs. If you look at 71v and 101v
> you will see that one of the gutter folds in each of these samples is
> unusually wide. The reason for this is that certain quires of the VMs
> were folded, not bound together into neat packets. Therefore, certain
> sections of the VMs were originally simply folded, possibly for easy of
> transportation. The dirt and creases of these packets can easily be
> seen. The dirt suggests that these were working packets carried around
> from place to place. I experimented with this fold process and it work
> out very nicely. So the "original" binding was performed simply by
> folding the contents of cetain quires. Another distinguishing feature
> of the packet folios is that certain folios have a very nice soft
> velvet type feel like peach fuzz.
It sounds like the "original" binding was more on the order of a group of
essays folded up and stored together. This could explain how the "correct"
order has become elusive... perhaps someone else trying to bind them
together after the authors death?
> There are also signs that certain folios have been borrowed from other
> sources. This is evidenced by straight line folded creases that can be
> seen when holding up the folio page to sunlight (I went through of
> number of physical contortions of myself to look at the manuscript;
> proper lighting was a bit difficult). I suspect that the reason the
> edges of some of the folios were cut short and at a slant is perhaps to
> remove prior foldings and blemishes left over from the "original"
If the Voynich author obtained his blank folios from other documents that
he had access to, this could play havoc with attempts to date the
manuscript based on the materials. Depending on where he got them, two
consecutive sheets could have been produced hundreds of miles and decades
apart ... more if any of them were recovered like a palimpsest.
Hope you enjoyed your "vacation",
~Weird~, ES said (Oct 6, 2000 ~11pm) the 'pages "WERE NOT IN
steve (how'd ES _know that_ ?????) ekwall :-)
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