VM408 folio86v ‘The Rosette Map’: Elements of a mappa mundi and a map of the Elements

2014-02-07T20:13:27Z (GMT) by Juergen Wastl Danielle Feger

The focus of our paper is the comprehensive visual analysis of the features of the Rosetta Map f86v (VM408; "Voynich Manuscript", Rare Manuscript Library, Yale) and, according to the knowledge of the authors, the first full comparison with other surviving contemporary folios and mappae mundi of the medieval age. Based on city landmarks and other details, we conclude that this medieval map contains depictions of the four continents as well as the four classical elements (in association with characteristic climate and cardinal directions) thus forming a unique display of the known model of the universe (cosmos) of the medieval ages in the Rosetta map