A British scientist has discovered four paper sheets that were originally a part of the Voynich Manuscript. This exciting find might finally lead to a reliable dating of the mysterious book.

Everybody in the Voynich Manuscript community knows Dr. Derek Gromegubbler.

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Derek is not only the author of the award-winning paper Proto-Suebian Influences to the Voynich Manuscript Grammar, one of the few linguistic solution approaches even Nick Pelling accepts, but also gave an inspiring talk titled Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quokeedy Qokedy at the Voynich 102 symposium in 2014. In his day job, Derek works as a lawyer at the Mary D’Imperio Foundation in Newbold, Kent.

What Derek has achieved now is by no doubt the most important success in Voynich Manuscript research since this document has been rediscovered in 1912.

It has always been known that some of the pages of the Voynich Manuscript are missing. A possible explanatiion for this is that Edward Kelley, who owned the book in the 16th century, sent a few pages to his friend Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, to ask him if he could make sense of the seemingly unreadable text an the strange illustrations. As copy machines were not yet available at that time, he might have sent him originals, which he never received back.

Derek Gromegubbler has been obsessed with finding the missing manuscript pages for years. Among other things, he visited the Nostradamus Archive in Avignon, France several times, but to no avail. Only when he checked the city archive of Orange, France in May 2018, he finally found what he was looking for: four pages with Voynichese writing and typical Voynich-style drawings. A handwriting analysis and a radiocarbon dating confirmed that the material was genuine. It appears that thanks too Derek four centuries after Kelley tore out a number of pages from it, the Voynich Manuscript is now complete again. Meanwhile, the Orange city archive has sold the four additional sheets to the Beneicke Library, who owns the manuscript.

In a few days, Derek’s report on his sensational find will be published in the renowned magazine Science. As I am a really good friend of his, Derek gave me permission to introduce the four newly discovered pages on my blog. I’m really proud to announce that the article you are now reading is the first one to publicly announce Derek’s outstanding discovery.


Page #1

The first page scan Derek provided me shows a kind of crane:

Source: Beinecke Library

In my view, this page is a sensation in it’s own right, as it contains the first known picture in the Voynich manuscript showing a technical device.


Page #2

The second newly discovered sheet is a little less spectacular:

Source: Beinecke Library

I don’t know what the object depicted here is supposed to be. Perhaps, a reader can help.


Page #3

On the next page, an exciting illustration can be seen:

Source: Beinecke Library

The red object shown here might have a medical background. My guess it that it is a virus that caused a worldwide pandemic in the time when the page was created. If so, this picture might help to date the manuscript. Historians certainly know when virus infections plagued humanity to such an extent that artists couldn’t help painting them.


Page #4

The fourth newly discovered manuscript page again shows a technical device:

Source: Beinecke Library

This drawing is certainly surprising, as it seems to depict a technology that was not yet in widespread use five centuries ago. On the other hand, this illustration might be extremely helpful for dating the manuscript. Technology historians might be able to say when this kind of automotive device was in use in the late Middle Ages, which could allow for conclusions about the time when the artist created this picture. However, we should not be too optimistic. As we all know that the Voynich Manuscript contains some 130 pictures of non-existing plants, it is well possible that the machines depicted in it never existed, either.

I’m sure that Derek’s find will inspire numerous new fascinating research works in the years to come. Perhaps, it will even be possible to decipher this mysterious document based on the new evidence.

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Kommentare (16)

  1. #1 Christof Rieber
    1. April 2020

    Very good 1st of April…..foooled. But the first one is excellent!

  2. #2 Dampier
    1. April 2020

    Very nice Story and congratulations for the honour to publish this first.

    May I humbly introduce my own sensational discovery from this very day?


    have fun 🙂

  3. #3 The_Piper
    1. April 2020

    Isn’t the first one, the crane, from Leonardo da Vinci?

    Something like an ancient wheel chair where ppl can move by just pulling some ropes?

  4. #4 joe
    1. April 2020

    April der macht was er will

  5. #5 Richard SantaColoma
    1. April 2020

    Dr. Gromegubbler’s amazing finds are backed up by one of the previously known pages of the Voynich:


    Clearly this shows the terrible virus has either originated or been hiding in the soil, nurtured by the roots of the sunflower plant. Or is that a Triffid???

    Clearly there is much more information in these pages, that we have not yet tapped. I am almost of the mind to finally look at the pages of the Voynich I have in my possession, which I found in the trunk of a 1912 Alfa Romeo I keep in my barn. It was ironically, coincidentally (or not?), owned by Wilfrid and Ethel.

    No time to look right now, but if I do, I’ll let everyone know what is in them.

  6. #6 Klaus Schmeh
    1. April 2020

    Kasey Hunt via Facebook:
    Klaus is a boss! Ever decrypt that NSA logo?

  7. #7 Klaus Schmeh
    1. April 2020
  8. #8 Klaus Schmeh
    1. April 2020

    John Reade via Facebook:
    First one I have seen so far

  9. #9 TWO
    1. April 2020

    Thpusands have already died of the virus and you use it to make fun?

  10. #10 Klaus Schmeh
    1. April 2020

    Wolfgang Wilhelm via Facebook:
    Die Auflistung ist noch nicht ganz vollständig, der Beweis für die Riemannsche Vermutung ist nämlich auch noch mit dabei 😉

  11. #11 Klaus Schmeh
    1. April 2020

    Kat Mueller via Facebook:
    You had me at first!!! Then I realized it’s already April Fools Day in Europe

  12. #12 Klaus Schmeh
    1. April 2020

    Adma Lira via Facebook:
    Wolfgang Wilhelm it does not appear to be real because the last two pages are different from the typical design that appears in the book.

  13. #13 Klaus Schmeh
    1. April 2020

    Anna Waine via Facebook:

  14. #14 Klaus Schmeh
    1. April 2020

    Jason Lepack via Twitter:
    Fascinating read!

  15. #15 David Oranchak
    2. April 2020

    “Thpusands have already died of the virus and you use it to make fun?”

    Life does not cease to be funny when someone dies, just as it does not cease to be serious when someone laughs.

  16. #16 Breaker
    15. Juli 2021

    Amazing that your Dogma hasn’t run over your Karma yet

    You almost had me convinced about the Corona.

    But seeing that it was just too good to be true, and that most lies are fabricated around a truth no matter how small, I find it easy to understand what the Voynich was and how to break the language down…..

    The key is found in a specific page in the texts of the Shakespeare.

    On his tomb is a hint…..Leaves Living Art, But Page, To Serve His Witt

    The Spear being symbolic to that of a stalk, shaking it releases the seeds, etc

    Quotes in the Intro of the Folios like “Where the Grower had a strife with Nature, to outdoo the life” show that the key is found in that book.

    The book is translated with a comparison of a page from the Folios, and then matching the rythym of the corresponding page in the Manuscript, it provides a suitable letter substitution

    There are also considerations that the book was originally written in Spanish

    VOY – I GO (in Spanish)
    NICHt – NOT (in German)