A Rare Viewing of The Voynich Manuscript

Captain’s Blog 6/13/2022

Yale’s Beinecke Library very rarely lets individuals view the real MS 408 “Voynich Manuscript.” So, it is with great excitement that on behalf of the Tucker STEM team a staff member of Yale’s Beinecke Library examined the MS 408. The library told us “Anyone can attempt to reserve the book in our reading room through the access services department. That said, they rarely approve that one book.” We are humbled and grateful to be given this very rare opportunity.

What we have learned from this is that the colors in person glimmer brightly almost leaping off the page at you. The details in the original are staggeringly different than the high res images online. As I have said many times when it comes to the details it is what defines the manuscript. Each author will describe what to pay attention to on the page in the translations, how they drew the math in the plants and what is a lie to deceive spies.

On Folio 34v, tenth (10th) line “Having read, pull to pieces the magnification, having expressed it uses the toes (lateral projection of a rod by means of which it is moved,) edge.” The author is describing the defect in the page and to pay attention to the math drawn in the wheat like stem system directly above it. Without magnification I am not sure one could count the “toes”.

We went on to ask what the library thought about the plants. The Tucker STEM Team knows the plants as clever camouflage of ocean and river water way maps. When asked the staff member at Beinecke Library said, “Yale had a botanist look at the plants, flowers, leaves, stems, roots and structures and none of the plants in the book could have existed because of the mismatch of the roots the plants and flowers.” Which in our expert archeological opinion is true, each part of the plant is a different depiction of (as the authors of the MS 408 call it,) η eta – atmospheric vorticity. The flowers are cardinal direction changes, the stems are the water currents (velocity of an orifice), the leaves are wind systems, and the roots are specific to the region. (Each folio is different so deviations to standards are made and described by the authors.)

The first image above of Folio 30v interested our team as we examined MS 408. The map grid system is utilized by how the letters are scribed and the types of knots in the script are placed on the page. (this will be explained in further detail in future publications.) My intrigue was that the scribes usually always follow a very strict horizontal line across each line. Though this page seemed to be slanted up and not typical, which is usually a clue. However after examination “The page that curves, while not typical of the time for scribes, was done purposely to get around a defect in the original velum. I also learned that the holes in the book were original to the velum and not damage due to insects or decay over time.”

The Tucker STEM Team has currently translated over 100 pages and recovered all of the maps locations. The manuscript is many things, maps of oceans currents, engineering schematics and instructions on how to build an escapement clock along with boat technology; and an international water way law. I would coin MS 408 the Voynich Manuscript as the “Father of Modern Earth Science’s and Law.”

One thought on “A Rare Viewing of The Voynich Manuscript

  1. Katie,

    Very cool you getting to view the manuscript in person. There is much more information hiding in these photographs. Especially in the first picture. If you are willing to share your original photography, I would be more than willing to work the images for more information. There’s certain things I’ve learned to look for over the years and various techniques to bring them out. I’ll send you my personal email address through Academia.

    I do not share and keep everything to myself unless specifically told otherwise. As soon as I finish here, I need to read a book someone sent me in PDF form and then delete it. Very impressed by this person. A PhD from Canada. Most people try to sell me their book. Here recently, everyone’s been wanting to send me a copy of their work for free. An interesting turnaround from my point of view.

    Check your Academia messages for my email address,



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