Codex Seraphinianus (the World's Weirdest Book) Illustrated Encyclopedia of an Imaginary World-New & Updated Edition
by Luigi Serafini
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Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Hardcover. 8" x 13" USA and CANAD Orders ONLY [Overseas Buyers = Contact us if you are willling to pay the High Shipping Costs; Weight = 2350 Grams (over FIVE Pounds) *** Huge Heavy Coffee Table Fantasy Art Book; Approx 360 pages; Wikipedia = Codex Seraphinianus, originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopedia of an Imaginary World, created by the Italian artist, architect, and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during 1976-1978. Written in a strange, generally unintelligible alphabet. Originally published in Italy, the book has since been released in several countries. The book is an encyclopedia in manuscript with copious hand-drawn, colored-pencil illustrations of bizarre and fantasticalflora, fauna, anatomies, fashions, and foods. The illustrations are often surreal parodies of things in the real world: bleeding fruit; a plant that grows into roughly the shape of a chair and is subsequently made into one; a lovemaking couple that metamorphoses into an alligator; etc. Others depict odd, apparently senseless machines, often with a delicate appearance, kept together by tiny filaments. There are also illustrations readily recognizable as maps or human faces. On the other hand, especially in the "physics" chapter, many images look almost completely abstract. Practically all figures are brightly coloured and rich in detail. The language of the book has defied complete analysis by linguists for decades. The number system used for numbering the pages, however, has been cracked, It is a variation of base 21. An Obscure & Beautiful Fantasy Masterpiece; Inventory.