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Voynich, Wilfred Michael, 1865-1930


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    • Voynich, W. M. (Wilfred Michael), 1865-1930
    • Voynich, Wilfrid, 1865-1930
    • Wojnicz, Michał, 1865-1930
    • Habdank-Wojnicz, Wilfrid Michał, 1865-1930
    • Wojnicz, Wilfrid Michał Habdank-, 1865-1930
    • Kel'chevskii, Ivan, 1865-1930
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    • Voynich, Wilfred M.
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    • found: Sowerby, E.M. Rare people & rare books, 1987:p. 8 (Wilfred Michael Voynich; b. in 1865 in Lithuania of noble Polish parents) p. 29-30 (rare book dealer at 68 Shaftesbury Ave., London, until outbreak of WWI, when he moved to U.S., though his staff continued to operate in London; d. in New York in 1930)
    • found: LC data base, 5-22-89(hdg.: Voynich, Wilfred M.; variant: W.M. Voynich; not known as author but as book dealer)
    • found: The Voynich manuscript, 2016:pages vii-ix (The Voynich manuscript; purchased by Wilfrid Voynich in 1912; unknown origin and language of text of manuscript)
    • found: Wikipedia, 21 February 2017(Wilfrid Voynich; Wilfrid Voynich, born Michał Wojnicz (Telsze, 12 November [O.S. 31 October] 1865--New York, 19 March 1930), was a Polish revolutionary, antiquarian and bibliophile, and the eponym of the Voynich manuscript; Wilfrid Michał Habdank-Wojnicz was born in Telsze (since 1918 Telšiai--a town in then Kovno Governorate, which was part of the Russian Empire now it's Lithuania)--into a Lithuanian/Polish noble family; the "Habdank" part of his surname is the name of a Polish heraldic clan; in 1885, in Warsaw, Wojnicz joined Ludwik Waryński's revolutionary organization, Proletariat; in 1886, after a failed attempt to free fellow-conspirators Piotr Bardowski (1846-1886) and Stanisław Kunicki (1861-1886), who had both been sentenced to death, from the Warsaw Citadel, he was arrested by the Russian police; in 1887, he was sent to penal servitude at Tunka; in 1890 he escaped from Siberia and got to Beijing and, returning to Europe, eventually went from Hamburg to London; under the assumed name of Ivan Kel'chevskii, he helped Stepniak, a fellow revolutionary, to found the Society of Friends of Russian Freedom in London; after Stepniak's death in a railway crossing accident in 1895, Voynich ceased revolutionary activity; in 1898 he opened a bookshop in London; in 1902 he married a fellow former revolutionary, Ethel Lilian Boole, daughter of the British mathematician, George Boole; Voynich was naturalised a British subject on 25 April 1904, taking the legal name Wilfrid Michael Voynich; Voynich opened another bookshop in 1914 in New York; he became deeply involved in the antiquarian book trade, and wrote a number of catalogues and other texts on the subject; he died in New York CIty in 1930; the most famous of Voynich's possessions was a mysterious manuscript he said he acquired in 1912 at the Villa Mondragone in Italy, but first presented in public in 1915; he owned the manuscript until his death)
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