The Mystery of Voynich Manuscript

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If you ever have a chance to go to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in the Yale University, there you will find, under the MS 408 code, a book so peculiar that to this day there is no explanation for its origin and the content is shrouded in a veil of mystery as well.

This extraordinary book is called the Voynich manuscript. It was named after its finder, Wilfrid Voynich. He was born on October 31st, 1865 in the town of Telsze, which was at that time a part of the Russian Empire. Voynich was a bookstore owner, an antique book dealer and a revolutionary, best known for his astonishing discovery of the mysterious manuscript in 1912.

The book is written in a most peculiar language, and there have been a number of attempts to decipher it, unfortunately with no success. It also contains a large amount of illustrations, depicting celestial bodies, different herbs, human figures and what appears to be a collection of recipes.

The manuscript passed from Voynich to Hans P. Kraus, who in turn, donated it to the library of the Yale University in 1969. The Voynich manuscript is still puzzling scientists and cryptographers around the world. It also served as inspiration for a number of popular fiction works.

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