Raymond Clemens is Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and coauthor of Introduction to Manuscript Studies. Deborah Harkness is a historian of science, professor at the University of Southern California, and the author of the New York Times best-selling All Souls trilogy.
"Bibliophiles rejoice-one of the book world's most fascinating and enduring riddles is now available for all to examine. The so-called 'Voynich Manuscript' is proof that, even in our increasingly demystified world, mystery is still alive... For the first time, Yale has reprinted the manuscript in full, in a gorgeous new edition coupled with scholarly essays on the book. All told, the new edition should continue to stoke interest in the eternally mysterious artifact."-New Criterion "The publication by Yale University Press of an actual-size colored facsimile, with an informative set of specialist essays on the manuscript's history, materials, cryptological puzzles, and public impact, will no doubt encourage wider engagement with its enigmas and set off a multitude of amateur as well as professional attempts to decipher it."-Eamon Duffy, The New York Review of Books "For the first time, a complete reproduction [of] The Voynich Manuscript (Yale University Press), has been published, featuring essays exploring what is known about the book and extra-wide margins so readers can record their responses to its beguiling, beautiful strangeness."-Nina Maclaughlin, The Boston Globe "For people who like a good historical mystery, this first authorized publication of the fifteenth- or sixteenth-century Voynich Manuscript will fascinate."-Rebecca Onion, Slate "A mouthwatering facsimile of the incunabulum, complete with foldout pages - one origamied into six folios - and a handful of scholarly interrogations."-Peter Lewis, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune "This new book, reproducing the entire Voynich Manuscript, is a godsend. While the essays offer valid clues to the manuscript's age and relation to late medieval science, the manuscript itself stubbornly refuses to yield its secrets."-Roger S. Wieck, Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum "A book worthy of its subject in every way. Clemens and his collaborators have done an extraordinary job teasing out some of the secrets and wonders of the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript in ways that will make this volume an invaluable resource for many years to come."-Bruce Holsinger, author of A Burnable Book "Many hands have held Voynich's now-eponymous book over the centuries ... yet none of them have managed convincingly to solve its mysteries."-Deborah Harkness, from the Introduction