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Some of the Most Cryptic and Mysterious Books

The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript

The book that nobody can decode. The text is written in an unknown alphabet, with illustrations of strange plants and herbs, alchemy text, and cosmological treatise.


The Book of Soyga

The Book of Soyga

John Dee a famous Elizabethan scholar, mathematician, astrologer, occultist, and alchemist believed the Book of Soyga, also called Aldaraia, to have been revealed to Adam in the garden of Eden by God’s angels. The book itself was a 16th century treatise on magic.


The Ripley Scroll


The remarkable Ripley Scroll is, in simple terms, an alchemical manuscript that shows in pictorial cryptograms the production of the philosopher’s stone (the elusive ingredient that produces incorruptible gold out of lesser metals; and/or the elixir of life).


The Rohonc Codex

The Rohonc Codex

The Rohonc Codex is a Renaissance-era manuscript in an unknown script and language and/or cipher, thus being somewhat comparable to the Voynich Manuscript. The Hungarian count Gusztáv Batthyány donated the Rohonc Codex to the Hungarian Science Academy in 1838. It was kept at the city of Rohonc, in western Hungary (now Rechnitz, Austria) until 1907 – hence the name – and was then moved to Budapest. Study of the paper on which it is written indicates that it is probably a Venetian paper made in the 1530s.


Prodigiorum Ac Ostentorum Chronicon

Prodigiorum Ac Ostentorum Chronicon

The Prodigiorum Ac Ostentorum Chronicon is a collection of omens and portents that spanned the known history of Europe, from Greek and Roman times up to contemporary prophecies. It also described and depicted various creatures, both real and fantastical. It contains accurate woodcuts of rhinoceroses, elephants, camels, and moose, as well as collections of sea monsters and strange human-like creatures, with no heads or faces on their chests.

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