Not all books are written to be entirely comprehended. Some books are written for indecipherable reasons known only to their authors. These books defy all reason and logic and are enigmas meant to never be interpreted. Here are five books that will leave you wondering for the rest of your life just what their authors were trying to convey

Voynich Manuscript

The message inside “the world’s most mysterious medieval manuscript” has eluded cryptographers, mathematicians and linguists for over a century.

Named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript is a detailed 240-page book written in a language or script that is completely unknown. Its pages are also filled with colorful drawings of strange diagrams, odd events and plants that do not seem to match any known species, adding to the intrigue of the document and the difficulty of deciphering it. The original author of the manuscript remains unknown, but carbon dating has revealed that its pages were made sometime between 1404 and 1438. It has been called “the world’s most mysterious manuscript.”

Theories abound about the origin and nature of the manuscript. Some believe it was meant to be a pharmacopoeia, to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine. Many of the pictures of herbs and plants hint that it many have been some kind of textbook for an alchemist.

The fact that many diagrams appear to be of astronomical origin, combined with the unidentifiable biological drawings, has even led some fanciful theorists to propose that the book may have an alien origin. One thing most theorists agree on is that the book is unlikely to be a hoax, given the amount of time, money and detail that would have been required to make it.

  • Inside the book there was a letter thought to be dated to 1666. It claimed the book once belonged to the Emperor Rudolf II, a member of the house of Habsburg, known to be an patron of artists and scientists
  • Some believed that a known con artist called Edward Kelley wrote the manuscript in the mid 1500s as a hoax purely for monetary gain, but recent radiocarbon dating rules him out
  • Analysts have split the book into five thematic sections based on the illustrations: biological, astrological, pharmaceutical, herbal and one section on recipes.


Codex Seraphinianus

originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by the Italian artist, architect, and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978.The book is approximately 360 pages long (depending on edition), and written in a cipher alphabet in an imaginary language.

The book is an encyclopedia in manuscript with copious hand-drawn, colored-pencil illustrations of bizarre and fantastical flora, fauna, anatomies, fashions, and foods. It has been compared to the still undeciphered Voynich manuscript, the story “Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by Jorge Luis Borges, and the artwork of M. C. Escher and Hieronymus Bosch.


The illustrations are often surreal parodies of things in the real world: bleeding fruit; a plant that grows into roughly the shape of a chair and is subsequently made into one; a lovemaking couple that metamorphoses into an alligator; etc.

There are also illustrations readily recognizable as maps or human faces. On the other hand, especially in the “physics” chapter, many images look almost completely abstract. Practically all figures are brightly coloured and rich in detail.

The writing system (possibly a false writing system) appears modeled on ordinary Western-style writing systems.

Rohonc Codex

is an illustrated manuscript book by an unknown author, with a text in an unknown language and writing system, that surfaced in Hungary in the early 19th century.

The text tried to decipher throughout the 19th century. Even there were versions that the code is written in the language of Dacians, Sumerians or other ancient peoples. Now many scientists consider the code isa hoax.



Codex Gigas

Is the largest in the literal sense  book on Earth. The height of the book is 915 mm, width – about half a meter, and the thickness of the book is 220 mm. At the same time, the weight of the folio is 75 kg. But the book was named not because of the size, but because it collected all the knowledge that the monks of the Benedictine Order possessed by the beginning of the 13th century.

In addition to such significant sizes, the book is also quite old. It was written, more precisely, finished in 1230, but it took about 30 years to write. At the same time, the manuscript has survived well enough to this day. Of the 640 pages that were originally in the book, only 16 are lost. All the pages are made not of paper, but of parchment sheets.There are pages on which there is only one initial letter (the first capital letter of the paragraph), and in general the book is very colorfully framed, even with the use of gilding.

Since the book contains a full page image of Satan, in popular culture, it was named “The Devil’s Bible”


The Augsburg Wonder Book

Clouds of the giant locust thickly swirl around the dentate peak of aquamarine. Scary-sized whales and other strange creatures emerge from the troubled sea depths. The darkened heavens are shedding rain from incredibly large hailstones and blood.

All these strange and frightening images found a few years ago in Germany and then published as a luxury album called “The Book of Wonders”

For art historians, this is a cross between the illustrations of Salvador Dali and the Seraphinianus Code – the quaintness and fantasy of drawings in the manuscript they explain by the medieval tendency of people to magical thinking, which they often explained the feelings and phenomena beyond their understanding. For others – illustrations to the Divine Revelation about the ultimate destiny of mankind.
Plots of the Apocalypse are known to many, but it is not a sin to look at them again, or maybe someone will be able to rethink them.

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