Tiny Spanish publisher clones world´s most mysterious book


BURGOS: It´s one of the world´s most mysterious books, a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown or coded language that no one — not even the best cryptographers — has cracked.
Scholars have spent their lives puzzling over the Voynich Manuscript, whose intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers. The weathered book is locked away in a vault at Yale University´s Beinecke Library, emerging only occasionally.
But after a ten-year quest for access, Siloe, a small publishing house nestled deep in northern Spain, has secured the right to clone the document — to the delight of its director.
“Touching the Voynich is an experience,” says Juan Jose Garcia, sitting on the top floor of a book museum in the quaint centre of Burgos where Siloe´s office is, a few paved streets away from the city´s famed Gothic cathedral.
“It´s a book that has such an aura of mystery that when you see it for the first time… it fills you with an emotion that is very hard to describe.”