The codex seraphinus is one of the most mysterious books in history because of its strange content. It consists of 360 pages and describes a fantasy world with highly abstract and surreal illustrations. Luigi serafini flora, codex seraphinianus, codex seraphinianus is regarded by many to be the strangest book in the world. He eventually built a global media empire called rcs mediagroup. The strangest book on earth my brother sander who is up for an award for best dutch blues guitarist thank you very much for voting for him last night posted a link on my facebook timeline to the mysterious codex seraphinianus. The probability is that this is not meant to be solved. It is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world written in a cipher alphabet in an imaginary language. Officially known as the decretals of gregory ix, this is a collection of.
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Gadsby is a 50,000 word novel that doesnt use the letter e. It might just be about the weirdest book i have ever seen. The company began in italy when a young entrepreneur named angelo rizzoli purchased four magazines. Two years later, a singlevolume edition was issued in the united states, in germany and in the netherlands. Over thirty months, from 1976 to 1978, he wrote and illustrated approximately 360 pages of this world, written in a strange and mostly unintelligible alphabet.
Codex seraphinianus in 1981 italian artist, architect and industrial designer luigi serafini published what has since remained in popular view as the weirdest book. For example, you can find the depiction of a couple of lovers turning into an alligator or a ripe fruit dripping blood the book is called codex seraphinianus, and this is an illustrated encyclopedia of a secret and unexplored world. In october rizzoli had republished what is regarded by many to be the strangest book in the world, the codex seraphinianus. Such is it with one of the most bizarre books of all of history, codex seraphinianus, a work created by italian artist, architect, and thinker luigi serafini during the late 1970s, though it contains medieval imagery and surreal illustrations. Codex seraphinianus, from the italian artiststrokearchitect luigi serafini, is a journey into unchartered territories with a science fiction backdrop.
In october rizzoli will be republishing what is regarded by many to be the strangest book in the world, the codex seraphinianus. The strangest book in the world codex seraphinianus, originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopaedia of an imaginary world, created by the italian artist, architect, and industrial designer luigi serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978. A quirky encyclopaedia of sorts some may go as far as calling it extraterrestrial. It is a roughly page book written in some kind of code that no one has ever been able to crack. Some believe the book may have been medicinal in nature. An introduction to the codex seraphinianus, the strangest. But the book is just so damned strange that it has accumulated a. This visual encyclopaedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fuelled much debate over its meaning.
Ever since the codex seraphinianus was first published in 1981, the book has been recognised as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made. An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations. An interview with the author of the worlds strangest book. Codex seraphinianus with images codex seraphinianus. In this universe, even the alphabet is indescribable, and even less decipherable. This mysterious book is the work of an italian artist called luigi serafini.
Codex seraphinianus by luigi serafini rizzoli, 20 a new edition of one of the strangest books to be published over the last fifty years, a visually surreal encyclopedia of an unknown world, originally published in 1981, which remains more topical than ever in todays media and information society. And a special thanks to luigi serafini for the wonderful gift he has given the world. Thats only a guess given the unintelligible language. Codex seraphinianus by italian artist luigi serafini is a window on a bizarre fantasy world complete with its own unique unreadable alphabet and numerous illustrations that borrow from the modern age but veer into the extremely unusual. This book has been described as the strangest book in the world, an encyclopedia from another world, and hoax of staggering ambition. Seraphinianus is a latinisation of coedx authors surname, serafini which in italian, refers to the seraphs. Look inside the extremely rare codex seraphinianus, the weirdest encyclopedia ever fish eyes from some weird creature float on the surface of the sea, staring at me. The 9 strangest books of all time for readers unafraid of. Decoding the mysteries of codex seraphinianus, possibly. It was first published in two volumes by franco maria ricci in 1981. It took him thirty months to complete writing the book. The codex is unlike other historically wellknown strange books such as the voynich manuscript, in that the author of the book is not only known luigi serafini is his name, hes still alive. Codex seraphinianus by italian artist luigi serafini is a window on a bizarre fantasy world complete.298 910 406 1309 1077 1359 463 236 497 655 1280 1206 1407 817 499 1328 1463 322 898 739 525 1448 1352 1249 1369 939 1127 358 125