Here’s a list of the various Voynich facsimile editions that have been (or are still) actually in print and that I’ve heard about to date. Maybe you can buy them, maybe you can’t: but here’s everything I know, make of it all what you will.

Oh, and don’t get me started on Yale’s CopyFlo print, that was a purely monochrome edition that was really quite painful to work with: you basically had to simultaneously read the colour annotations in the interlinear transcription and imagine the details in the appropriate colour… which was neither effective nor useful. Thankfully that’s (very) ancient history now!

Also, if anyone passing has bought a copy of any of these apart from “Le Code Voynich”, please leave a comment here as to what you thought of it. People often ask me for a recommendation for a good Voynich facsimile edition, but don’t seem to grasp that these days review copies of anything are as rare as hen’s gold-capped false teeth… hence I don’t normally get to see any first hand.

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(1) Le Code Voynich – Jean-Claude Gawsewitch

The grand-daddy of the current generation: prefaced by a long (and fairly pointless) recap of the Voynich Manuscript’s history in French. Lots of image cropping: apparently conceived as a coffee table book rather than a facsimile edition. But very useful for Voynich researchers none the less (David Kahn was delighted by my copy, and wanted one for his own crypto library), if you happen to have bought your copy five years ago (when it was affordable – I think my last car ended up being worth less than what people currently sell copies of this for).

Binding: hardcover
Pages: 240 pages
Editeur : JC Gawsewitch Editeur (27 octobre 2005)
Collection : BEAU LIV LUX
Language: French
ISBN-10: 2350130223
ISBN-13: 978-2350130224
Size: 30.8cm x 26.8cm x 2.4cm
Price: out of print, 7 used copies currently on sale from 299 euros upwards (!!!)

(2) Le Voynich

Broché : 240 pages couleur.
Editeur : Editions HADES
Langue : Français
ISBN-13 : 9791092128031
Price: 49,99 €, now reduced to 29,99 € (plus postage).


Publisher: CAD PRESS
ISBN 978-80-88969-60-0 / EAN 9788088969600
Binding: hardcover.
Size: 24cm x 17cm, 448 pages (in Czech, I believe), including a 272-page complete facsimile..
Price: 29,00 € reduced to 27,00 € (plus postage).

(4) The Voynich Manuscript – A Facsimile

Editor: David Durand
Publisher: Lulu (print-on-demand)
Pages: 251
Size: 21.59cm wide x 27.94cm tall
Binding: spiral bound
Price: £43.66 (plus postage).

(5) El Manuscrito Voynich = The Voynich Manuscript

David G. Walker
Hardcover: 269 pages
Publisher: Editorial Sirio (31 Aug 2013)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 8478089004
ISBN-13: 978-8478089000
Product Dimensions: 1.8cm x 17.8cm x 24.8cm
£26.21 RRP, reduced to £23.20 (plus postage).

(6) The Voynich Manuscript Illustrated: “One of the most mysterious books in the World” [Paperback]

Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (4 Jan 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481076701
ISBN-13: 978-1481076708
Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15 x 22.6 cm
Price: £15.61 + postage on Amazon (RRP £18.74)
Feedback: three reviews on Amazon, all of them bad.

(7) The Voynich Manuscript Project

$199 buys you a classy-looking reproduction of the Voynich Manuscript from Ambush Printing. Or, alternatively, you can buy an 18″ x 24″ print of the nine-rosette foldout sexfolio on vellum quality paper for $24.99: or a 24″ x 36″ print of the nine-rosette foldout for $39.99.
208 pages printed from hi-res scans, and also folded just like the original (“includes 5 double-folio, 3 triple-folio, 1 quadruple-folio, and one giant six page folio”). Printed on vellum-style paper for added realism, hand stitched together, and then “bound with a single piece of handpicked leather to closely match the original Voynich cover”.

3 thoughts on “List of Voynich facsimile / reproduction books…

  1. bdid1dr on November 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm said:

    Nick, I’m waiting for your sequel. I hope I live long enough to be able to buy the set directly from you, autographed and all.

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  3. Emanuela on August 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm said:

    You all might be interested in knowing that the Voynich will be among the manuscripts on view at an exhibition organized by the Folger Library, Washington, DC, November 2014:

    E. A.

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