Trade in your item
Get a £0.15
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Curse of the Voynich: The Secret History of the World's Most Mysterious Manuscript Paperback – Oct 2006

6 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£999.11 £450.00


Trade In this Item for up to £0.15
Trade in The Curse of the Voynich: The Secret History of the World's Most Mysterious Manuscript for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.15, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Compelling Press (Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955316006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955316005
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 727,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Nick Pelling (1964-) is a computer games programmer, chess player, security camera designer and entrepreneur, with a long-standing interest in exploring unsolved historical cipher mysteries. His highly regarded cipher mystery blog is called (somewhat unsurprisingly) "Cipher Mysteries".

His first book "The Curse of the Voynich" (2006) painted a rich picture of the Voynich Manuscript and its uncracked ciphers, and offered up Antonio Averlino (the Renaissance architect Filarete) as a possible author.

Product Description

From the Publisher

While non-fiction is rarely both entertaining and powerfully
informative, "The Curse of the Voynich" rewrites the publishing rule-book
by ticking both of these challenging boxes.

On the one hand, it draws out many different strands of history and weaves
them into a narrative tapestry, to tell the story of one exceptional man's
journey against the tide of history - and how a Renaissance Cold War
brought "the world's most mysterious manuscript" into being.

On the other hand, readers with an interest in secret history will enjoy
being taken behind the scenes in early Renaissance Italy, to see power &
intrigue in action - and to glimpse the furtive world of early inventors,
at the time when many of the technologies we now take for granted were
first conceived and built.

From the Back Cover

With its cipher-like handwriting and curious drawings of naked
women, the bizarre Voynich Manuscript has for centuries fascinated and
frustrated all who have encountered it.

But now, by retracing one man's perilous journey East from Renaissance
Europe to the Ottoman Empire, "The Curse of the Voynich" opens up a door
into the lost world that brought this mystery to life...


Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Castellari on 2 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
I've never read a book like this before and probably won't do so again. The Voynich manuscript is a bizarre encrypted book that has (so far) defied attempts to decrypt it or determine its origin. Nick Pelling gives an entertaining and credible explanation of the book, its author and its raison d'etre. And it's a damn good read. Don't let the mention of cryptology put you off - this is a fascinating melange of history, biography, cyphers and politics and it's fun. The amount of work that has gone into this book is obviously enormous, yet the results are presented with a clarity that reflects the obvious love of the author for the book itself. Read it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Rawlinson on 18 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
Nick Pelling doesn't take the usual approach of clever monolithic crypto techniques and vaguely plausible partial translations. He doesn't have a simple, soundbite explanation for the manuscript. Instead he has thoroughly researched the history of the document and its cultural context. By dint of forensic examination of the manuscript (supported by the very large number of illustrations in this book) many interesting facts come to light. As you progress through the book the strands come together - no individual piece of evidence (bar perhaps the blue dots!) really clinches it for me, but all together the result is .. compelling.

At the end some of the crypto techniques are explained, and a very reasonable explanation is presented for the lack of a comprehensive translation of the document. But I'm left feeling that the answer is now only just beyond reach.. if only the next step were taken! The book leaves me intrigued and with the expectation that one day soon the mystery will be solved. In fact the mystery is quite possibly solved within Pellng's book, but we still need the translation for real certainty!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cath on 18 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
Mr Pelling tells a very interesting story. The comparisons with known architectural structures are startling. If nothing else the effort he has put into his research has given us a good indication of links with Northern Italy in the 15th century. Whether his book will lead to a solution remains to be seen. If Mr Pelling writes a sequel to this work, and I hope he does, then it should be a must read for anyone interested in this mystery.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Look for similar items by category


Feedback