The most important manuscript of the 16th century, the Voyndich Memento Mori, is finally on display for the first time in London.
The manuscript was the last piece of the “Voynich” fragment discovered by the Danish scientist Lars Einar Haugen.
It was sent to England from France by Einar, a member of the Royal Society and the first man to decipher the letter “V” and the words “I love you.”
Haugen was also a member, of course, of the Society of Antiquaries.
The Society was established in 1842 to preserve and study the antiquities of the Western world.
Its members include renowned antiquarians, historians, and writers such as Sir Isaac Newton, and also scientists like Alexander von Humboldt and Isaac Newton.
The Voyndischer manuscript was made into a book by the Society in 1858.
This book, called “Vive de la Nouvelle Voyndiche,” is a detailed account of the discovery and translation of the Voynbich manuscript and is the only complete edition of the work to be published.
Today, the book is the property of the National Library of Scotland.
The museum has a full exhibition of the book, and has created a series of interactive exhibits.
In addition to the book itself, there is also a replica of the original Voynbisch manuscript, which was made by the late British scientist John Linnell.
You can find out more about the book and its story here.