Let's have a book thread, /x/
The Voynich manuscript. Referred as the world's most mysterious book.
>written in an unknown language that cannot be deciphered
>made in 15th century
>contains drawings of plants that do not match anything we know
>woman bathing in tubes and trapped in strange mechanisms
>knowledge of astronomy that was not available at the time
>an encyclopedia in two volumes
>created by an Italian Artist in the 1970s
>handwritten in a coded language that cannot be deciphered
>describes a strange and psychedelic universe in great detail through illustrations
The Ripley Scroll
>named after George Ridley who was an alchemist of the 15th century
>a scroll about his 20-year-long journey through Europe in search of alchemical secrets
>the original scroll was lost, but there has been accurate reproductions
>written in a difficult to understand language
>shows how to create the Philosopher's stone and how to turn lead into gold
The Smithfield Decretals
>collection of medieval canon law that was compiled in 1230
>ordered by Pope Gregory IX as a usual update
>filled with bizzare pictures like a knight fighting a giant snail or killer rabbits
>it also displays devil-like creatures disguised as bisops and priests
The Rohonc Codex
>considered one of the most mysterious books in the world
>it's origins are unknown
>coded in an alphabet of more than 200 different characters that hasn't been deciphered
Shamanistic in nature and likely made by recluse monks.
Interesting. Depicts "sprites" being used to create an alchemy box but this may be an early implication of a knowledge of particles.
Nothing more than satirical art.
The Red Book
>written by Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology as he statted to develop mental issues
>worked on for over 16 years and used to describe a confontation with his own unconscious
>filled with scenes and dialouges with gods and devils occuring during travels to the underworld
I once went on a voynich manuscript binge and watched a bunch of documentaries on it about a year ago. Shit is pretty tight and interesting, plus it makes for a great comparison when someone's grammar is shitty beyond comprehension.
Prodigiorum Ac Ostentorum Chronicon
>written in 1557 by the french humanist Conrad Lycosthenes
>built like an encyclopedia, it features various animals like camels and rhinoceroses
>but also collections of human-like beings with bizzare deformities, along with other creatures
>fascinating and puzzling to read as it perpetually switches between facts and fantasy
>mentions real but also paranormal events
The Book of Soyga
>founded in a library owned by John Dee who was a mathematician and astronomer during the 1500s under Queen Elizabeth I's ruling
>devoted his life into deciphering the meaning behind the book
>Dee describes the book as a detailed compendium of ancient magical incantations
>but he never managed to break its code and the book was lost for 500 years after his death
>it reappeared in 1994 when two copies were found in British libraries, but the code remains unsolved
The Oera Linda Book
>an unusual manuscripts that first appeared during the mid-19th century
>covers nearly 4,000 years of historical, mythological and religious themes
>also decribes matriarchal societies ruling the ancient world as well as the sinking and lost teachings of Atlantis
My sweet lord, do I ever want to read this. There's something I find subtly horrific about getting an inside look at someone who's losing their grip. That video of the dude who stalked Bjork then shot himself comes to mind.
I feel like a major breakthrough with the Voynich manuscript is right around the corner. People are very interested in it, and more more and more research is being done. This video is extremely interesting and take a very scientific look at the language and seems to offer a partial decoding of some parts.
It's 40+ minutes, but I think it's worth sitting through. Super interesting stuff.
This website also gives a nearly complete breakthrough of the plants in the book
I think it's only a matter of time now before the book's language is cracked. The guy in the youtube video I linked to seems to have some interesting theories on the language.
I heard about a recent theory that the Voynich manuscript is actually Aztec in origin which is why decoding doesn't work since people use ciphers based on languages from the old world at the time.
The Voynich manuscript was written by a man who was was warped into another dimension. He lived with the other beings, learned their language and studied the plants in that world.
He made a book about their culture and plants and somehow came back to our world with the book.
Art project by a published artist, the writing is asemic on purpose in order to imitate the feeling of a child who can't yet read looking at a book
Not paranormal but certainly interesting
>Shamanistic in nature and likely made by recluse monks
>inb4 wikipedia can't be trusted and it's surely aliens
Alchemists always wrote in "difficult to read language". I don't know what formula it was I once read, but it said that you should let the prince kill the king, have them both entombed, take the bones and burn them so you'd get a better king. That was just their way of putting it.