Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Voynich Manuscript: the Lemon Juice Arsonist

The remarks written on the last page of the Voynich manuscript (fol 116v) puzzle the researchers for a century now.

 Part of the mystery is about to be lifted today. The second word appear to spell "limon (the first letter is the Greek Lambda -uppercase Λ, lowercase λ  ). It looks like the author of the remark is listing the positions (the third word spells something like pociicii) of the lemon juice written text in the manuscript. That explains why there are so many burn marks in the book that is otherwise so well preserved. 

The arsonist burning the pages to the point of unrepairable damage probably didn't have much success in discovering invisible ink, but did not give up easily, causing holes mostly over the plant illustrations.

In case you wonder, the lemon juice invisible ink trick does work on parchment even better than on paper, because the animal skin is not wrinkled as easily by the liquid "ink".

I personally belive there is no lemon ink in the Voynich manuscript, however, somebody had the opportunity to search for it and unfortunately destroyed parts of the manuscript.


  1. Ello again Ellie!

    In re your recent "route cipher" post: One Code specialist uses a popular puzzle called "Jumble" to illustrate the "route cipher" technique. Goofy-because he still goes into "the math"! The easiest route to solving that type of puzzle is to put vowels on one line and the consonants on the line below the vowels -- for each "word", and then reassemble the words into readable sentences or identifying logos.

    Works for me. So far I have not seen any transposition of either letters or words; at least not on the water lily, nor squash, nor mushroom pages.

    I'm not going to write out the full name for ProfZ (who keeps posting links to his own pages) but except to agree with him, you, and Tom Spande as to the base language/lettering/scribing of the Latin dialogue which accompanies every illustration in the VMs: Middle European/Czech/Bohemian. Tom Spande is worth following because he is seeing the "feminine" points of view. He also has given us some info on a new "infrared microscope" which MAY even back up your dialogue on the old "lemon-juice" ink. I'm looking at "pomegranate juice".

    Here's hoping my latest note gets through to you.


  2. Hi, BD, what is the link to Tom Spande's site?

    The simplest route cypher is the 'fence cypher' - every third letter, every fourth letter and so on. Since, as you know, I believe every page in the VMS is a separate riddle I did find some fence cypher - the coconuts page, the Louvre meeting page and so on. However, I also found every third 'word' fox hunting story and a very zig-zag route that gave me a naughty two line rhyme in the 'bathing section'. So there is no one cypher that is for all of the manuscript - the way I see it.

  3. I try to drink Lemon juice for acne water in the mornings, but I only use a few squeezes, hopefully enough to reap the benefits. Too bad my mom is convinced that I will get a stomach ulcer from it.

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