The Voynich Manuscript is a mysterious volume of text and illustrations written some time in the 15th or 16 centuries, so named after Wilfrid M. Voynich who acquired the book in 1912. It has been classified as “magical” and “scientific” but is written in an undeciphered text and is said to be the most “mysterious manuscript in the world.”

Voynich discovered the manuscript at a villa in Frascati, Rome, which was operating at the time as a Jesuit College. The pages are filled with botanical illustrations, herbal recipes, women frolicking in the water, charts with zodiac signs and constellations, and pages and pages of text which, to date, defy all efforts at translation. 

The manuscript is owned by Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University.