Title: Codex Seraphinianus
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Publication Date: 1983
Binding: Hard Cover
Illustrator: Luigi, Serafini
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition.
This is the First American Edition, published in 1983. Hardcover, dust jacket present. "Easily one of the strangest books ever published, THE CODEX SERAPHINIANUS is written entirely in a mysterious and as-of-yet undeciphered language. However, the numerous illustrations provide insights into the flora, fauna, inhabitants, and society of a non-existent world. These fantastic and whimsical drawings show skeletons being reassembled into people, fish that resemble eyes, a man and woman copulating and slowly turning into an alligator, the animals that make up a rainbow, and other wonderfully weird examples of an alien reality. First released in a limited Italian edition in 1981, the book has periodically been published in France, Spain, and the United States. The author, an Italian artist, has never spoken about the origins of the book or the meaning of his language, but theorists surmise that it is inspired by the Borges story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" about a book from the (fictional) country of Uqbar that documents every aspect of an imaginary world called Tlön. Borges writes: "The metaphysicians of Tlön are not looking for truth, nor even for an approximation of it; they are after a kind of amazement." Lucky readers who stumble upon Serafini's rare oddity will find themselves confronted with a wealth of amazing nonsense." I credit the publisher for this description. The book has a number of minor flaws: Very light age tonning to the page edges (see photo) a gap in the pages from the location of a book mark ( now removed) some minor signs of shelf wear including rubbing to the dust jacket. Please email for photos to ask specific questions about the books condition. This is quickly becoming one of the most desired books of our time. We were skeptical until we purchased it and read it our selves.now we know why everyone enjoys holding it.however it is still hard to describe it's allure. We ship fast and secure. Size: Over Sized. Bookseller Inventory # 006741
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