I Googled Vigeneré's "Traicté des Chiffres": no English translations, not even a reference to one. Perhaps someone's Google-wu is better than mine; I can't find it.

I'm slogging my way through a PDF of the 1586 edition of "Traicté Des Chiffres, ou Secretes Manieres D'escrire" by Blaise de Vigenere. The language is early Modern French and doesn't translate easily in Google Translate (the words for 'right' and 'left' back then were droict and gaulche, etc).

I'd love to read it in English. Is an English translation available?

  • $\begingroup$ It is not even in current french, so maybe first we need a french version if this book. $\endgroup$ – matlink Jul 3 at 14:54
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    $\begingroup$ @matlink I asked our librarian to the "French Literature" department in the university system. If a copy in modern french does exist, they don't have it. A translation would probably be a good senior project. $\endgroup$ – b degnan Jul 4 at 12:58

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