Thursday, 3 October 2013

Codex Seraphinianus - A Book of Brilliant Things

Luigi Serafini originally published the Codex Seraphinianus, in 1981, and the bizarre and beautiful book has since attained cult status as an an illustrated manuscript portraying life within an imaginary reality and is written in a cyriptic language similar to the Voynich Manuscript. Serafini, an Italian artist, architect and industrial designer originally created this surrealist masterpiece between 1976 and 1978. A new version has just been released here.

Publisher's Blurb: 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.

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