One of the truly fascinating unsolved mysteries concerns a manuscript named after a Polish-American antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired an amazing document in 1912. The manuscript is a detailed 240-page book written in a language or script that is completely unknown. Its pages are filled with colorful drawings, strange diagrams, odd events and plants that do not seem to match any known species. Adding to the intrigue of the document is its age. The original author of the manuscript remains unknown, but carbon dating has revealed that its pages were made sometime between 1404 and 1438. It has been called “the world’s most mysterious manuscript.”
There are many theories about the origins and nature of the manuscript. Some believe it was meant to be a pharmacopoeia, to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine. Many of the pictures of herbs and plants hint that it many have been some kind of textbook for an alchemist. The fact that many diagrams appear to be of astronomical origin, combined with the unidentifiable biological drawings, has even led some fanciful theorists to propose that the book may have an alien origin.
One thing most theorists agree on is that the book is not likely to be a hoax, given the amount of time, money and detail that would have been required to make it.
My belief is that this is the work of a talented artist, well versed in science and language, who was engaged in high fantasy. Is it any different than when one creates The Lord of the Rings or the Angels Game (an awesome book). Mix a bit of the real with a bit of the fantastical and you have a masterpiece. Can any argue that the Voynich Manuscript is anything but a masterpiece.