Correction, apology and ‘errmm’.

A reader has directed me to some images – source, location and origins all unspecified – that were part of composite image for a blogpost (January 12th., 2016) by Mr. JK Petersen who subtitled that post ‘ The Fantasy Scorpio‘.

As you see, he included one ‘crocodile’ Scorpius apparently of appropriate date (c.1350 AD) and made somewhere-or-other in France but seemingly not far from the via Francigena.

Past exchanges with Mr. Petersen have made clear that he feels no obligation whatever to tell others where or from what source he has obtained the images and information he uses, and that he holds himself entitled to credit such sources, or not, ad.lib.

It is not policy I care to adopt – though one not uncommon among supporters of a ‘central European’ narrative – so I’ve included Mr. Petersen’s name and a link to that blogpost.

I apologise to readers for not having noticed that one useful example.

Should any reader care to take the time needed to make up for Mr. Petersen’s omitting the usual details – the holding library, manuscript shelf-number, title.. whether an image was gained by trawling the web… from work done by another Voynich researcher …or from the digitised manuscript or just as a clip copied from some bulk-image collection as the Warburg database or the Christian Iconography database etc., that would be very kind.

It doesn’t matter so much to me, either way, except that having those details will mean I can fully and properly acknowledge my oversight.

Of course, if the manuscript should turn out to be one made not too far from Auxerre, or in a monastery linked to it to so late as 1350, I’d be quite chuffed and would include that detail in the Summary post that is to follow the next one.,

2 thoughts on “Correction, apology and ‘errmm’.

  1. The late crocodile seen in the lower right hand corner and dated c.1475 is an example included in Kristen Lippencott’s pdf for Scorpio, where the image is labelled:

    Calendar page
    French (Loire Valley), c. 1475
    New York, Morgan Library, Ms G. 1 , fol. 10r

    The Morgan Library notes:
    Book of Hours.
    illuminations by two followers of the Coëtivy Master.
    and “Unidentified original owner; his motto (et non autre) ..”
    See the digitised ms at

    If you’re interested in mention of the Coëtivy Master (active 1450–80), notes are offered by the Getty
    Library of Congress lists other works by him

    and (need I say) he’s in the Oxford Companion to Western Art

    But nothing Voynich-like in his work which, like that Book of Hours, is typical of commercial-professional style in the late 15thC. Not Voynich-relevant unless some mentions his own exemplars.


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