The Morning in Publishing: November 30th, 2016

Great news for cryptographers and fans of fantastical plants: this month, Yale University Press released the first complete photo facsimile of The Voynich Manuscript! This book is a centuries-old, lushly illustrated, densely coded alchemical treatise…unless it’s all a hoax. It was acquired by an antiquarian bookseller named Wilfrid M. Voynich in 1912, who spent years attempting to decode the text and find meaning in the 113 plant illustrations. After Yale University bought the book in 1969, they released it online in 2004, and finally uploaded higher resolution images in 2014, which led to the book becoming something of a cult hit. Now you can purchase your own painstakingly recreated version, complete with essays on alchemy and cryptography that will prove illuminating, even if you can’t truly understand the meaning of the Manuscript itself. Now, join us back in the present for a roundup of publishing news!


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