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By Drew
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Containing over 200 pages of ciphered text and equally indecipherable images, the Voynich Manuscript has intrigued and baffled cryptanalysts and code breakers for generations. Believed to have been written early 15th century, the original is currently housed in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University under the heading of "Cipher Manuscript: MS-408". The original manuscript can only be viewed by appointment, and can only be (gently) handled with white gloves. 

This Kickstarter project is to reproduce this historically and culturally important work in full colour from high resolution scans. The book will be published in hardcover and is a must have for any fan of cryptography. The pages which are foldouts in the original will be printed smaller so as to fit on a single page, however if this project reaches it's stretch goal of $10,000, I'll be able to add poster sized prints of the foldout pages.

Many theories have been put forth regarding what this encyclopedic text actually says. And it's my hope that by reproducing it, it will find it's way into the hands of someone capable of deciphering it. 

There are several sections in the manuscript covering different areas of knowledge. Among them are; the herbal section, the astronomical section, the Biological section, the cosmological section, the pharmaceutical section and the section devoted to recipes. 

The herbal section contains full page illustrations of different plants, surrounded by text. Some plants such as the waterlily or the anastaica (aka dinosaur plant) are reasonably easy to identify.

http://imgur.com/dWe5WRe

http://imgur.com/JhUJ8hs

Here's a more contemporary botanical photo of a variety of waterlily and a photo of an anastica plant for comparison

http://imgur.com/nWEzHhg

http://imgur.com/ng8d0Ur

Most plants however are considerable more difficult to identify. For example, this plant bears a striking resemblance to marijuana, however the tuberous root system is completely wrong for that plant. 

http://imgur.com/MUGblDk

And other plants appear to be completely fantastical in nature. 

http://imgur.com/ZPGrRWX

http://imgur.com/BvAgqeS

Risks and challenges

Barring any problems or delays with my publisher, I don't anticipate any major risks or challenges with this project. The original manuscript is in the public domain so I do not foresee any legal issues. If I do run across any roadblocks I will make my backers aware of the issues as soon as possible.

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