The Shakespeare Ciphers Examined by William and Elizebeth Friedman
From the blurb: "William and Elizebeth Friedman are professional cryptologists, and they have made a lifelong hobby of studying the ciphers that allegedly disprove Shakespearean authorship. As cipher experts they have no preference for any particular author; they merely wish to examine the evidence. In this book, intended for readers who enjoy the lucid presentation of a detailed case, the authors consider all the main Systems. After explaining the rules to be followed and the tests which must be met, they apply them to each cipher system in turn. The discussion begins with a varied catalogue of word ciphers, string ciphers, anagrams, acrostics and magic numbers. Cryptic messages are claimed to be hidden on gravestones, in old manuscripts, and in the texts of a hundred books or more; the suggested authors range from Spenser and Ben Jonson to Marlowe, the Earl of Oxford and a vast syndicate. Later chapters discuss in detail the use by Elizabeth Wells Gallup of the Bilateral Cipher, invented by Bacon and described by him in The Advancement of Learning." William and Elizebeth Friedman were both researchers in cryptography at The Riverbank Laboratories. This 1957 book is the result of an insightful report that won the Friedmans the Folger Shakespeare Library literary prize.
- Publisher Cambridge University Press, London; 1957
- Olive Cloth Hardback, 303 pp
- Contains 10 B/W and 17 figures
- Size 220 x 145mm, 750g
Condition: Very Good – No Dust Jacket, Small Owners Bookplate, Very Good Copy
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