2010年07月16日

Book of Soyga

Deeが持っていたBook of Soygaはヴォイニッチ手稿なのか?
同一であれば、ケリーの捏造だし、
そうでなければ、どのようにルドルフ二世の手に渡ったのか。

どうやら確認はできないみたいですね。

1991/12/30, posted by Jacques Guy
What, will you ask, has all that to do with the Voynich manuscript? At the most, little I dare say. Dee and Kelley spent much of their later years in eastern Europe (Poland and what is now Czechoslovakia).
Kelley died in Bohemia under obscure circumstances, whereas Dee went back to England. On p.170 of the Complete Enochian Dictonary, there is this entry:
soyga

will of God (?) (The Book of Soyga was one of Dee's holy books; the spirits said it was not a reversal of the Greek agios, holy.)

to which you must add this pers. com. from Donald Laycock: there is, in Dee's diaries, a note to this effect: "How strange, I cannot find my Book of Soyga". According to Don, Dee's "Book of Soyga" may have been the Voynich manuscript, and Kelley would have stolen it and sold it to Rudolph II, emperor of Bohemia.

そういえばダンスタン手稿というのもあったな。
SoygaとDunstanて違うものだったっけ?

Dec. 12th, afternone somewhat, Mr. Ed. Keley his lamp overthrow, the spirit of wyne long spent to nere, and the glas being not stayed with buks about it, as it was wont to be, the spirit was spilled out...
and, to make a long story short, a bunch of books caught on fire, including the "Book of Dunstan." (Glancing through his diary it's remarkable how many bizarre accidents happened to Dee... perhaps a result of dealings with evil
spirits. Does the above mean that Kelley was drunk??)

1996/7/24, posted by Jim Reeds

Subject: Book of Soyga

I want to apologize for the air of mystery I might have created about my recent interest in a certain unnamed 1500's magic book; this letter is intended to clear things up.

Last year, at the John Dee conference in London, Prof. Harkness of Colgate University announced that she had found, at long last, the Book of Soyga. It had been sitting there all along in the Bodleian. Everyone else had looked for "Soyga" in the card catalogue; Harkness had the wit to look under "Aldaraia", and there it was!

It indeed starts "Aldaraia sive Soyga vocor" and has "zadzaczadlin," just as it should.

My wife met Harkness at a conference and brought the happy news to me. I pestered Harkness about the Book of Soyga in the hopes that it might have some relation to the Voynich MS. She lent me her microfilms (it turns out the British Library has another copy) and I have been looking at the thing with awe for several weeks.

It presents a magic system of its own, as different from Dee's magic as Dee's is from Agrippa's (or more so), pretty clearly not itself derived from Agrippa's magic, but with a vaguely similar Cabbalistic cast. (Maybe closer to Lull than Agrippa in some ways?) Letters have numerical values, planets and zodiac houses have letters, combinations of letters are associated with conjunctions, reference is made to a suite of 36 letter tables each with 36 rows and columns.

At first impression it seems just like the sort of thing that would have appealed to Dee. We all know that Dee was rather puzzled by this book, though, and it is unclear how much of an influence it had on Dee's Enochian system.
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