LIMITED AND NUMBERED FACSIMILE TYPE EDITION OF 4,181 COPIES
An emperor, an alleged trickster and a magician are the only clues to the origins of the Voynich Manuscript.
It is said that Emperor Rudolf II of Habsburg, a lover of palmistry, obscure sciences and the eccentric, acquired the strange manual in exchange for 600 gold ducats in 1580. John Dee, a magician who claimed to be in constant communication with the angels by means of magic stones, and Edward Kelley, an alchemist and researcher of the occult, of suspicious fame and quite a charlatan, were the ones who negotiated the important sale of one of the strangest codices, if not the strangest, and whose meaning remains a mystery.
It is known that this document dates from the 15th century, that it is written in a language that no one has been able to decipher and that it contains a series of enigmatic images and illustrations.
Astral signs, non-existent flowers and plants, esoteric images and nudes complete a work as attractive as it is mysterious, which caught the attention of a bookseller interested in the unusual and from whom it takes the name by which it is known today.
Voynich got hold of it in 1912, convinced that its indecipherable contents hid the principles for a future revolution in modern science. He discovered it in Italy, specifically in the Franciscan convent of Mondragone. From there it traveled to New York, where an antiquarian known as Hans Peter Kraus acquired it from his heirs for $24,500 with the intention of reselling it without success. Finally, he ended up giving it to Yale University in the mid-1960s.
Its authorship is unknown. It also has no title and is uncapitulated. Although it also lacks a date, carbon-14 analysis has placed it between approximately 1404 and 1434.
Six centuries later, it has not been possible to identify the language used by the anonymous author. Nor is its meaning really known. Some speak of botany, others of the cosmos and obscure sciences. There are skeptics who attribute it to the simple notebook of a madman, but the truth is that its indecipherable condition has attracted the attention of historians, cryptographers, renowned doctors in ancient languages and even NASA scientists.
Our mission is to bring this compendium of secrets to lovers of works that transgress the unusual, as it is an enigma that no technical advance has been able to solve in 600 years.
There has only been one man who managed to get close enough to such a studied codex: Indiana Jones, although his character was fiction, and the movie was pure fantasy.
With this facsimile edition, The Galobart Books and Foxbury Books, a well-known publishing house with experience in publishing jewels in numbered and limited editions, wants to bring this work to all audiences, in a limited edition for the whole world.
This book is a facsimile edition of the original; a numbered, limited, worldwide edition of 4,181 copies, in homage to the year in which Apianus published the book.
The interior is printed on an off-white paper that imitates and reproduces the papers of the period and bound in natural pergamenata, like the original.
An elegant slipcase with stamping, which includes, in addition to the book, a numbered and stamped certificate of originality and ten magnificent artistic plates that reproduce the most spectacular illustrations of the interior, also in limited edition on premium 200 gram Coral Book Ivory for framing or simply collecting.
The book is accompanied by a bilingual addendum with expert commentary on the era, history, astronomy and the books that reveal the secrets of the Astronomicum Caesarum.
Now, we invite you to decipher a manuscript that exudes mystery and is only known to contain 37,919 words written in 25 different characters and accompanied by drawings as beautiful as they are arcane.
|Dimensions||34.5 × 34 × 10 cm|