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Re: VMs: Colored paints, touch-ups, and the michiton text
>From "A Preliminary Sketch of the History of the Roger Bacon Cipher
Manuscript" by Wilfrid M. Voynich (Transactions of the College of Physicians
of Philadelphia, pp.421-422, read April 20, 1921) we learn the following:
"When I brought this manuscript to America the margins of the first page
had the appearance of being blank, but an accident to a photostatic
reproduction of this page revealed the fact that an underexposure of the
plate brings out a faded autograph in the lower margin. Chemicals were
applied to the margins and the autograph, Jacobus de Tepenecz, became
visible, with some illegible figures below it." (Plate 2.--Voynich., p.421)
Notice that there is no indication that chemicals were applied to the
original manuscript. The photograph of Plate 2 showing the referenced
autograph is on the dark side. The signature is visible; however, the
"illegible figures below it" remain somewhat illegible, primarily evident
directly under "Tepenecz", though there may be more.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Pelling" <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 3:54 PM
Subject: Re: VMs: Colored paints, touch-ups, and the michiton text
> Hi everyone,
> At 15:49 04/07/2004 -0600, GC wrote:
> >I don't know for sure, but there may be some information available on at
> >least part of the VMS travels. In the upper right corner of f1r, to the
> >left of the foliated "1", there is some very faint writing, looks like it
> >starts with "Dig" or "Big" I've seen a few manuscripts that have a
> >monastery signature in this location, and the text below, looks like "Me"
> >something like it, looks familiar as a monastery signature. These
> >were just the name of the monastery to which the book belonged.
> Hmmm... to my eyes, it also looks a bit like "Pig" and "Me". Perhaps it
> written by a short person with a blow-pipe? :-)
> >I've done my best on this text, but it's really faint and difficult. It
> >be unreadable, but it also may be an extremely important bit of
> >that can help answer some questions. Just a thought.
> Does anyone know what date WMV applied chemicals to the signature, and if
> any of the photographs taken of f1r predated that event?
> With modern image enhancement techniques, it's quite possible that we
> get more joy working from an early photo than from the sid-file.
> Alternatively, there's a good case for asking the Beinecke if it retained
> (and can allow us access to a handful of) its (uncompressed) 8-bit TIFF
> scans (FWIW, the file names are embedded in the sidfile meta-data).
> other pages with near-readable marginalia (such the "michiton oladabas"
> page, etc) might also be good candidates for this request?
> Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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