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Codex Seraphinianus

Serafini, Luigi

Published by Abbeville Press, 1983
ISBN 10: 0896594289 / ISBN 13: 9780896594289
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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 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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Synopsis: An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations. Ever since the Codex Seraphinianus was first published in 1981, the book has been recognized as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made. This visual encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fueled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, the Codex confused, fascinated, and enchanted a generation.

While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artifact. Blurring the distinction between art book and art object, this anniversary edition-redesigned by the author and featuring new illustrations-presents this unique work in a new, unparalleled light. With the advent of new media and forms of communication and continuous streams of information, the Codex is now more relevant and timely than ever. A special limited and numbered deluxe edition that includes a signed print is also available.

About the Author: Luigi Serafini is an architect, ceramist, glazier, painter, sculptor, designer, opera director, set designer, and critic who works in Italy and abroad. In 2007, the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan dedicated a successful mostra ontological (ontological exhibition) to him. He has illustrated works by Franz Kafka and Michael Ende.

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