Documentation for “quire1”, February 24, 2003.
The documents on this site are “copyleft” Gordon Rugg, Keele
The folder “quire1” contains a deliberately incomplete set
of pages, to demonstrate the stages involved in the text production. Please
note that the text includes anti-cryptographer features as an integral
part of production.
The text was produced using the full manual version of February 2003.
Please note that this text is not linguistically the same as “Voynichese”,
though the two are similar. In particular, word frequencies and restrictions
on co-occurrences are different.
The quire consists of four bifolios, each consisting of a sheet of A4
typing paper folded in two, producing four pages of A5 size. Each page
is labelled with a folio number. The A5 size is slightly smaller than
the VMS, and my handwriting is larger than that in the VMS, so the text
here runs nearer to the margins than is the case with the VMS.
At time of writing, eight pages contained text. The remaining eight pages
(the two inner bifolios) were numbered, and contained one word each in
the top left of each page.
The eight pages with text do not contain illustrations at time of writing.
This is to avoid possible distractions to analysts. The VMs was probably
produced with the illustrations first, but it should be noted that producing
text first is perfectly feasible; that it produces distinctive cramping
in text at ends of lines; and that in practice it is slightly easier to
produce the text first, since it is easier to fit illustrations to text
than vice versa.