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Hans Wegener’s drive-by guide to UB Heidelberg’s 15th Century German illustrated manuscripts…
If, like me, you’ve been looking for a nice guide to illustrated manuscripts in the Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg’s Cod. Pal. Germ. collection for a while, you’re in for a bit of a treat here. 🙂 German librarian / book historian Hans Wegener’s (1927) “Beschreibendes Verzeichnis der deutschen Bilder-Handschriften des späten Mittelalters in der Heidelberger Universitäts-Bibliothek” (which … Read More → The post Hans Wegener’s drive-by guide ....
Sat 28 Mar 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Eichstätt, Bellifortis, scribes…
While searching for the early 15th century German source images from which some images in the Voynich Manuscript were copied, we have so far found two manuscripts of the Welcher Gast (one from Eichstätt (1420), and one from Heilsbronn) that contain some eerily Voynichian motifs – a bird, a fish, and a child. But are … Read More → The post Eichstätt, Bellifortis, scribes… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Mon 23 Mar 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Thomasin von Zerklaere’s “Italian Guest” (Welscher Gast)…
A recent comment by Marco Ponzi on Voynich Ninja helpfully highlighted a 2019 comment there by Linda which pretty much everyone else had overlooked. She had previously suggested visual parallels between the Voynich Manuscript’s drawings and the ones in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Universitätsbibliothek MS B7, but when Marco (and then Koen Gheuens too) looked a little further, … Read More → The post Thomasin von Zerklaere’s “Italian Guest” (Welscher Gast)… appeared ....
Fri 20 Mar 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Adelaide car thieves (1951)…
Here’s a nice article on Trove from September 1951 that I think sets a fair level of expectation about how car thieves and car theft worked at that time in Adelaide. Enjoy! 🙂 C.I.B. WINNING BATTLE WITH JOYRIDERS Motorists can cut car thefts Detectives are slowly, but surely winning the battle of wits with Adelaide’s … Read More → The post Adelaide car thieves (1951)… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 13 Mar 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Chewing gum, foil wrappers, and car thieves…
It just struck me that I haven’t seen anyone suggest that the most useful part of the Somerton Man’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum packaging might simply have been the aluminium (AKA “aluminum”, before any American readers choke on their Coke) foil wrapper around each thin stick of isoamyl-acetate-flavoured gum. As thedude747 posted in a comment … Read More → The post Chewing gum, foil wrappers, and car thieves… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Tue 10 Mar 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

The “St George’s Convent Library” Voynich theory…
My recent “Pax Nax Vax revisited” post led me to a new Voynich hypothesis that I don’t recall reading anywhere. Given that (as Jan Hurych helpfully pointed out) our Voynich-owning chum Jakub Hořčický (Sinapius) became capitaneus / administrator of the properties of St George’s Convent in Prague Castle in 1606, might Sinapius have simply swiped the Voynich … Read More → The post The “St George’s Convent Library” Voynich theory… appeared ....
Sun 23 Feb 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

“Pax Nax Vax” revisited…
Back in 2010, I speculated that one of the oddly-unreadable lines of text on the Voynich Manuscript’s last page (f116v) might have originally read “pax + nax + vax”. Here’s a little bit more background on that mysterious phrase… A Prague Nun’s Amulet In “The Book of Grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic” (and in … Read More → The post “Pax Nax Vax” revisited… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 21 Feb 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Nicole Oresme’s “Treatise of the Sphere”, revisited…
In a 2017 post, I listed the copies of Nicole Oresme’s (1368) “Treatise of the Sphere” (“Traité de l’espere“) that are still extant: * BNF MS Franc. 1350 (ff. 1r-38v) [formerly owned by Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683)] * BNF MS Franc. 2240 (ff. 61r-95v) [ARLIMA description] * BNF MS Franc. 7487 * BNF nouv. acq. 10045 … Read More → The post Nicole Oresme’s “Treatise of the Sphere”, revisited… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 15 Feb 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Cameron La Follette, beeswax, the Neahkahnie Treasure, and the “Santo Cristo de Burgos”…
“The Ghost Hunter” is a fascinating article, well-presented in long form by Leah Sottile in the Atavist Magazine. It tells the story of how a secret poet by the name of Cameron La Follette fell under the historical spell of the Santo Cristo de Burgos, a ship wrecked on the Oregon coast a little over … Read More → The post Cameron La Follette, beeswax, the Neahkahnie Treasure, and the “Santo Cristo de Burgos”… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Thu 06 Feb 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Alice Kober vs Linear B, The World vs Voynichese…
I’ve just finished reading @MargalitFox’s excellent book “The Riddle of the Labyrinth“, which untangles the skein of history around the decryption of Linear B to reveal the quiet (but huge) contribution made by Alice Kober. Fox’s belief (which I largely agree with) is that Kober would, had she not died early, almost certainly have completed … Read More → The post Alice Kober vs Linear B, The World vs Voynichese… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 02 Feb 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

The missing Lonsdale Street nitkeeper…
Let’s start with the original 26th Jan 1949 news story in the Adelaide News, the Sydney Daily Telegraph, the Geraldton Guardian, and the Age: Melbourne.- Two prominent Melbourne baccarat players who desire to remain anonymous, believe they knew the unknown man in the “Somerton beach body mystery.” They saw the man’s picture in a Melbourne newspaper and said … Read More → The post The missing Lonsdale Street nitkeeper… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Mon 20 Jan 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

The difficulties of Australian archives…
Towards the end of last year, I went through a period where I tried to finesse different ways of raking through the Australian archives to pursue the Melbourne nitkeeper research thread in the Somerton Man cold case. (Which arose because two Melbourne baccarat players came forward in early 1949 to say that they thought the … Read More → The post The difficulties of Australian archives… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 11 Jan 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Nick’s Challenge Cipher #1 cracked by Louie Helm…
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Tue 07 Jan 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

BBC Dyatlov Pass post…
Here’s a nice post from the BBC covering the Dyatlov Pass mystery, a topic I know a good number of Cipher Mysteries readers have an interest in. Lots of people – including the Mansi, which was particularly good to see – were interviewed, and the article includes lots of excellent photographs. Was the incident an … Read More → The post BBC Dyatlov Pass post… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Wed 01 Jan 2020
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

A Father Christmas attack on the Voynich Manuscript…?
It’s that time of year when a Voynich researcher’s mind turns to life’s most important questions. Such as whether it is possible to use Father Christmas to decrypt the Voynich Manuscript. For a start, it’s entirely possible that there is Christmas-related imagery hidden in plain sight in the Voynich Manuscript, but we’ve just been too … Read More → The post A Father Christmas attack on the Voynich Manuscript…? appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Wed 25 Dec 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Pavia MS Aldini 488: “Collectio de Balneis”…
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Sun 01 Dec 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Voynich Manuscript: Letter Contact Tables
A recent post on voynich.ninja brought up the subject of differences / similarities between Voynichese words starting with EVA ch and those starting with EVA sh. But this got me thinking more generally about the difference between ch and sh in Voynichese (i.e. in any position), and even more generally about letter contact tables. Problems … Read More → The post Voynich Manuscript: Letter Contact Tables appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 24 Nov 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Dorabella Cipher: timeline, texts, and Keith Massey…
There are plenty of things about Edward Elgar’s Dorabella Cipher that rarely appear in the countless gosh-wow sites that feature it on the web. And arguably one of the biggest of these is its timeline. 1886: The Liszt Fragment The earliest instance we know of where Elgar used the ‘Dorabella’ shapes to write something down … Read More → The post Dorabella Cipher: timeline, texts, and Keith Massey… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 15 Nov 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess, Princess Ivanovich…
On board the S.S. Ormonde (at the same time as both Triantafillos Balutis and Stelios Balutis) in February 1923, there was a very special passenger: Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess, Princess Ivanovich. Let’s just say I probably won’t ever get the chance to write another blog post with even half as many references to … Read More → The post Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess, Princess Ivanovich… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 09 Nov 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Chloe Delancy (Thomas Beale Jr’s Mother)…
Given that I’ve paid my findmypast subscription (and that money’s not coming back any time soon), I thought it might be interesting to look at the records it holds for Thomas Beale Jr‘s mother Chloe Delancy / Delancey. We know a fair bit about Thomas Beale Sr, so why not find out more about his … Read More → The post Chloe Delancy (Thomas Beale Jr’s Mother)… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Thu 07 Nov 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

More about Triantafillos Balutis…
I thought I had gone through pretty much all the sources available online to find out about Triantafillos Balutis, the Melbourne waiter who the PRO Victoria flagged as possibly being the mysterious “Balutz” connected to Christos Paizes’ Lonsdale Street baccarat club. But, thanks to the almost endless spelling variations of his names, it turns out … Read More → The post More about Triantafillos Balutis… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 02 Nov 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

A helpful response from PRO Victoria…
I just received this very helpful email from the Public Record Office Victoria, in response to a request I put in a few days ago to have a look at the Victoria Police Gazette 1945, 1946, and the two photographic supplements covering that period: The Victorian Police Gazette (1853 – 1971) is not actually a … Read More → The post A helpful response from PRO Victoria… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 01 Nov 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

The “Previously Fined Nitkeeper” Hypothesis…
OK, stripping the Somerton Man’s story back, I’m still minded to believe that the Somerton Man was some kind of crim: and that the most credible piece of external evidence we have as to his identity is that in early 1949 two Melbourne baccarat players recalled he had been a nitkeeper at a Lonsdale Street … Read More → The post The “Previously Fined Nitkeeper” Hypothesis… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Mon 28 Oct 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Finally, John Joseph Keane…
As Derek Abbott liked to point out (particularly when he was trying to raise Somerton Man crowdfunding from Americans), we can easily imagine the Somerton Man having some US connection. This was not just from the distinctly American feather stitching on his coat, but also from his Juicy Fruit chewing gum, probably a habit picked … Read More → The post Finally, John Joseph Keane… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 20 Oct 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

The Somerton Man: the search for John Joseph Keane continues…
For some time, I have been looking at the Somerton Man case from the point of view of tangible evidence. For a start, the much-repeated belief that he was unidentified simply doesn’t hold true: the suitcase that he (without any real doubt) left at the railway station contained three items with the name “KEANE” on … Read More → The post The Somerton Man: the search for John Joseph Keane continues… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Tue 15 Oct 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Veronica Mary Keane of 63 Jetty Road, Glenelg…
While (yet again) raking through Trove a while back for anything to do with the missing bookmaker’s clerk (and gambling nitkeeper) John Joseph Kean(e), I found two mentions (here and here) of a May 1948 divorce in a Sydney court between J. J. Kean and V. M. Kean in front of Mr. Justice Clancy in … Read More → The post Veronica Mary Keane of 63 Jetty Road, Glenelg… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 12 Oct 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Ethel Voynich talk in Dublin…
Anyone in Dublin this week with even a passing interest in Ethel Voynich could surely do no better than drop by Dr Angela Byrne’s talk: Ethel Voynich, Transnational Revolutionary at 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 10th October 2019, at EPIC (The Irish Emigration Museum), Custom House Quay, D01 T6K4 Dublin 1. And did I mention … Read More → The post Ethel Voynich talk in Dublin… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Mon 07 Oct 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Jack Gordon Keane of Broken Hill…?
While yet again raking through Trove for bookmakers’ clerk John Joseph Keane, I found another Keane: Jack Gordon Keane of Broken Hill. Back in 1916, this J. G. Keane was prosecuted by Mr B. J. Kearney, who (more than a decade later) represented John Joseph Keane in court (which may be a coincidence). Jack Gordon … Read More → The post Jack Gordon Keane of Broken Hill…? appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 05 Oct 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Finally, some proper (Ethel) Voynich fashion…
The normal scenario for Voynich fashion is for some short-run digital-print textile house (whether making T-shirts, hoodies or whatever) to put some nice evocative Voynich image on the stuff they sell. You know, on sites such as RedBubble and the like. Teito T-shirts And this is basically the deal with classy Japanese T-shirt company Teito … Read More → The post Finally, some proper (Ethel) Voynich fashion… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Tue 17 Sep 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

François Parmentier’s Plougastel-Daoulas dossier…
I was recently sent a fascinating (and, at 88 pages, substantial) dossier by François Parmentier on the Plougastel-Daoulas inscriptions. It’s a very pleasant read (François is much to be applauded), and has pretty much everything you might need to bring you up to speed on the mystery surrounding these strange inscriptions. He also examines many … Read More → The post François Parmentier’s Plougastel-Daoulas dossier… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 14 Sep 2019
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

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