The Book No One Can Read: Revisiting the Voynich Codex (In Person)

Saturday, June 17, 2023 - Saturday, June 17, 2023

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
One Session. Class will break for a one hour lunch.


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Course Description

Since its rediscovery in 1912—including a brief period on display at Chicago’s Art Institute—the Voynich Manuscript or, as it is also known, the Voynich Codex, has defied all attempts to decipher its unknown script and unusual color illustrations. The codex parchment has been radiocarbon-dated to the early 15th century, but its authorship, place of origin, detailed early provenance, and meaning continue to elude researchers. Who created its enigmatic text? What do the curious illustrations represent? Is the codex a medieval hoax or purposeful collection of knowledge? Previously offered in 2018, this seminar will review and update efforts to understand what has been called “the world’s most mysterious book.”
One Session: $137/$124. Led by Lee Minnerly

Registration Fees

Registration is $137

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us

The Adult Education team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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