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Earlier I posted about how I’d discovered Elias Ashmole had said in the preface to one of his books that coded information was often hidden in poetry. 👇
 

ashmole2.png.bfcb4189235a0b528728b7ed649d5b1d.png I originally added it to AP's  Friedman topic thread, and not here, as AP had posted a very interesting sequence of information on  cryptography, so it seemed relevant. Now I’m posting here though as AP had included this book:

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so I went in search of it and found it here: 

https://arch.library.northwestern.edu/downloads/9c67wm901?locale=en

(You download it as a PDF)

Turns out it’s an absolute gem!IMG_1919.jpeg.cde235bcc3950349910f18d145a1693d.jpeg

My first port of call from reading it was this book by John Willis.

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that link is here: https://archive.org/details/bim_early-english-books-1475-1640_the-art-of-stenographie-_willis-john_1602/mode/2up

It could take months to work through them all, if not years, but if anyone who is interested confines the search to only those books which reference methods of ciphering/coded writing that would have been in use pre 1623, and exclude the ones that have been ‘done to death’ like Trithemius, John Wilkins, Della Porta etc., then there has to be  a greater possibility of finding something new that others interested in the authorship question have missed (because many of these books probably weren’t digitised when they were looking).

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 "For nothing is born without unity or without the point." amazon.com/dp/B0CLDKDPY8

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1 hour ago, Allisnum2er said:

Thank you for sharing Kate ! 

Chance sometimes does things well ! 😉

First look at the first page ...

 https://archive.org/details/bim_early-english-books-1475-1640_the-art-of-stenographie-_willis-john_1602/mode/2up

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I got the same thing one step behind! LOL

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This page from 1602 suggests the letter J (as an upper case I), has a U and a V, but is missing the "c". How strange, even though I once upon a time studied these pages I never recognized before what I see today.

The last page in this series:

https://digitalcollections.folger.edu/bib160648-152937

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5 minutes ago, Allisnum2er said:

Rob,

Dee is not so far 😉 

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Hmmmm,

For whereas Letters are ordinarily knowne three ways; by the name whereby they are called, by the Character whereby they are written, and by the sounde whereby they are pronounced : Of these three, the sound or prononunciation is most essentiall to the letter.

No mention of the fourth way, the numbers? 🙂

 

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10 minutes ago, Light-of-Truth said:

This page from 1602 suggests the letter J (as an upper case I), has a U and a V, but is missing the "c". How strange, even though I once upon a time studied these pages I never recognized before what I see today.

The last page in this series:

https://digitalcollections.folger.edu/bib160648-152937

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The letter c is not missing but linked to the letters k,q and s,t 😉 

Well spotted for the i/I u/v !

 

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15 minutes ago, Allisnum2er said:

The letter c is not missing but linked to the letters k,q and s,t 😉 

I saw that and can relate k (hard c), q (hard c), and s (soft c), but t? What sound does c make like t?

 

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You know, the red cross as a symbol for England and in its flags is something I missed before. Yet the Rosicrucian (Rosie Cross) idea is front in my mind.

https://archive.org/details/bim_early-english-books-1475-1640_the-art-of-stenographie-_willis-john_1602/page/n87/mode/1up?view=theater

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THE MOST COMPLETE BIBLIOGRPAHY ON CRYPTOGRAPHY EVER PUBLISHED ON THE SUBJECT

Paper:   https://www.academia.edu/81465877/The_Fraudulent_Friedmans_The_Bacon_Ciphers_in_the_Shakespeare_Works

Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc2ErlSmmjI&t=9s

For all the Riverbank Publications please see https://gorhambury.org/  a unique website with its stated purpose: To use technology in a novel way to expose the secret writings of Sir Francis to the world, presenting visualizations in such a way as to eliminate any possible doubt about Validity.

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THE TITLE PAGE THE 1605 ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING ANNOTATED WITH A CIPHER IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND FROM PRINCETON UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

Paper:   https://www.academia.edu/81465877/The_Fraudulent_Friedmans_The_Bacon_Ciphers_in_the_Shakespeare_Works

Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc2ErlSmmjI&t=9s

For all the Riverbank Publications please see https://gorhambury.org/  a unique website with its stated purpose: To use technology in a novel way to expose the secret writings of Sir Francis to the world, presenting visualizations in such a way as to eliminate any possible doubt about Validity.

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A UNIQUE UNKNOWN WORK ON CRYPTOGRAPHY DEDICATED TO LORD FB-ONLY ONE KNOWN COPY IN THE WORLD HOUSED AT THE VATICAN

Indeed students of cryptology around the world owe an great debt of gratitude to Shulman for his painstaking labours which unearthed a number of extremely rare books on cryptology, some of which were not previously known to exist. These included an extremely rare and previously unknown book on cryptology by Vandlus Hamid entitled The entire art of wryting in secret, or the dissimulation of ones thoughts so that the true meaning may not be disclosed to the uninitiated. This early work published in London in 1647 running to 312 pages is dedicated to ‘Lord F.B’. In the entry for the work Shulman reveals a copy of it resides at the Vatican Library. No other library is listed as holding a copy.

Paper:   https://www.academia.edu/81465877/The_Fraudulent_Friedmans_The_Bacon_Ciphers_in_the_Shakespeare_Works

Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc2ErlSmmjI&t=9s

For all the Riverbank Publications please see https://gorhambury.org/  a unique website with its stated purpose: To use technology in a novel way to expose the secret writings of Sir Francis to the world, presenting visualizations in such a way as to eliminate any possible doubt about Validity.

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AN EARLY ENGLISH WORK ON SECRET WRITING 1588

https://ia801307.us.archive.org/9/items/b20457224/b20457224.pdf

Paper:   https://www.academia.edu/81465877/The_Fraudulent_Friedmans_The_Bacon_Ciphers_in_the_Shakespeare_Works

Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc2ErlSmmjI&t=9s

For all the Riverbank Publications please see https://gorhambury.org/  a unique website with its stated purpose: To use technology in a novel way to expose the secret writings of Sir Francis to the world, presenting visualizations in such a way as to eliminate any possible doubt about Validity.

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Synchronicities coming thick and fast now. I was looking for the first Woodward book, but one of the returns I got was this book we are familiar with by Gallup.
https://archive.org/details/biliteralcypher00gallgoog/page/n60/mode/1up

Was about to click off, but decided to scroll down and saw this IMG_1947.jpeg.67d010f3432b9ab1eef35a3e520be981.jpeg

It mentions the book above that AP  just posted today and also the John Willis one. Why out of the long list in the bibliography was the John Willis book, the one I had decided to start my search with? That book is further up this thread.

 

Btw, for anyone reading from outside Stenography is slightly different to steganography. Basically stenography is the old-fashioned word for shorthand. If you’ve not heard of it in this digital age, Shorthand was (and still is in some cases) used especially by secretaries and staff in law courts and journalists. It’s a system of ‘swift’ squiggles that replace letters in order to record speech very quickly. These books appear to cover both stenography and steganography.

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1 hour ago, Kate said:

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Sir Philip Sidney - 1580

I read what was inside the red oval first, then read what was outside. 🙂

Synchronicities crackling all over, I agree.

Is it the eclipse syncing up with everything? 😉

 

 

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