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An art book unlike any other art book. A unique and disturbing surreal parody. The cover alone is worth studying. The Abbeville edition features a couple having sex and being transformed into a crocodile.

The edition uses a different image for its cover — a man in very unpractical headwear appears to be riding a llama, which has an impressive set of antlers. They are both staring into a mirror outside a stone building that appears to be offering some sort of brightly colored food.

Both covers are strange but the serphinianus sex image is more disturbing. Essentially an encyclopedia about an alien world that clearly reflects our own, each chapter appears to deal with key facets of this surreal place, including flora, fauna, sedaphinianus, machines, games and architecture.

Collectors just like to own it — rizzolk invaluable tool for making house-guests slightly uneasy. Codex Seraphinianus[1] originally published inis an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during 30 months from to Originally seraphniianus in Italy, it has been released in several countries.

The Codex is an encyclopedia in manuscript with copious xeraphinianus, colored-pencil illustrations rizzoki bizarre and fantastical florafaunaanatomies, fashions, and foods. Escher [7] and Hieronymus Bosch. The illustrations are often surreal [5] [7] [8] parodies of things in the real world, such as a bleeding fruit, a plant that grows into roughly the shape of a chair and is subsequently made into one, a copulating couple that metamorphoses into an alligator.

Others depict odd, apparently senseless machines, often with delicate appearances and bound by tiny filaments. Some illustrations are recognizable as maps or human faces; while others especially in the “physics” chapter are mostly or totally abstract. The writing system possibly a false one appears modeled on Western writing systems, with left-to-right writing in rows and an alphabet with uppercase and lowercase letters, some of which double as numerals.


Some letters appear only at the beginning or end of words, similarly to Semitic writing systems. The curvilinear letters are rope- or thread-like, with loops and even knots, [3] and are somewhat reminiscent of Sinhalese script.

The book’s “language” has rizoli analysis for decades. The page-numbering system, however, has been cracked apparently independently by Allan C. Wechsler [10] and Bulgarian srraphinianus Ivan Derzhanski, [11] among others, and is a variation of base In a talk at the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles on 11 MaySerafini stated that there is no meaning behind the Codex ‘s script, which is asemic ; that his rjzzoli in writing it was similar to automatic writing ; and that what he wanted his alphabet to convey was the sensation children feel with books they cannot yet understand, although they see that the writing makes sense for adults.

The book is in eleven chapters, in two sections. The first section appears to describe the natural world of flora, fauna and physics.

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The second deals with various aspects of human life, including garments, history, cuisine and architecture. Each chapter seems to address a general encyclopedic topic, as follows:. After the last chapter is a table of contents or index, followed by an apparent afterword whose writing is more casually rendered. Two plates in the sixth chapter contain lines of French text, a quote from Marcel Proust ‘s ” A la recherche du temps perdu: Albertine disparue ” In Search of Lost Time: The words scattered on the floor of the illustration are from the same book.

Two years later, a single-volume edition was issued in the United States, in Germany and in the Netherlands:. The s editions were out of print for several years before Franco Maria Ricci published an augmented, single-volume edition in InRizzoli published an expanded, but less expensive, edition in Italy.

It features additional illustrations and a preface by the author:. InRizzoli published a second revised edition, as well as limited, signed, and numbered “deluxe” esraphinianus. They printed copies in Italian and in English:. Baird Searlesin Asimov’s Science Fiction Aprilsays “the book lies in the uneasy boundary between surrealism and fantasy, given an odd literary status by its masquerade as a book of fact”.

Hofstadterin Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Patternfinds many of the illustrations “grotesque and disturbing” and others “extremely beautiful and visionary”.


He says the book “seems to [some people] to glorify entropychaos, and incomprehensibility”. American journalist Jim Dwyer finds that the work is an early critique of the Information Age.

If the encyclopedia tends to fix the knowledge of a rizzooli era, in Serafini’s “fantaencyclopedia” there is nothing solid. According to Italo Calvino, the skeleton is “the only nucleus of reality which endures in the same way in this world full of interchangeable shapes”. For this ironic and involving variability, codxe Codex Seraphinianus keeps in touch with the psychic area rizzoil establish an attempt of “contradictory world’s cataloguing of halfway shapes”.

The following are a list of links for those interested in learning more about the Codex Seraphinianus, and reading what others are saying about it. An article on the glyphs by Tomi Melka and Jeffrey C.

An article by Justin Taylor: An article by Peter Schwenger: An attempt at translation, although a bit of a long stretch by James M. A tiny review at Beachcombing Blog http: An article by John Coulthart http: My article tongue in cheek: Nick Pelling reviews the reissue. By scrolling you accept to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. The cookie settings on this website are set to “allow cookies” to give you the best browsing experience possible.


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