Thanks to Rich SantaColoma’s recent release of a pre-chemical photo of folio f1r, I’ve been able to add a bit more to the letter column file. This seems to be about it as far as what is visible.
The letters for A and S match my Set 1 values for the labels.
I’ve studied the three letter columns on f1r off and on for some time, and here is a table of everything I’ve managed to tease out.
I note that the value of EVA d matches the one I found for Value Set 1, and that EVA e and EVA r matches their alternate values.
If anyone has found more and would like to work with me to add to this data, please feel free to contact me.
There are three columns of letters found in the VMs. Here is the first one with Set 1 letter values attached.
Note the letters are somewhat in alphabetical order, and that the values make patterns. Unfortunately, I still have no idea what it means (a common complaint about the VMs).
In my label work I have found there are three sets of values for the labels, but none work on the regular text.
Below are the values for what I have designated as Set 1. These were the first I had luck with on f68r3, and as can be seen, are not complete. Set 2 is completed, but Set 3 still has 5 values missing.
Note that “4o” can have a value of “AL”, the beginning of many star names, and that EVA iiin is “IUM”, a common Latin ending.
As has been determined by others, it is not a simple substitution. The multiple values for some letters follows Philip Neal’s work. My reasoning is: if the Voynich letters are interchangeable, the plaintext values should be as well. This raises the “degrees of freedom”, but I will address that later.
I have, at this writing, nearly 100 labels cracked. So far, star labels are star names, many archaic (as might be expected). On f67r2 the twelve words under the moons are country names, eight of which no longer exist.