Codex Serphinianus

Posted by Alex Bohea on October 14, 2013

The internet will always help you find some beautifully strange things to look at. Especially when you find yourself in a Wikipedia black hole at three o’clock in the morning researching books written in non-descript language. One way to visually stimulate your next ten minutes of boredom is to look at the fantastically wonderful Codex Seraphinianus which is just one of those books. Originally published in 1981, Codex Serphinianus is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world created by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini from 1976 to 1978. Striking comparisons to the Voynich Manuscript, another codex written in an unknown writing system which has been studied by many a cryptographer to no avail over the past decade, the book is written in a beautiful yet unintelligible alphabet. Originally published in Italy, the book has since been released in a number of countries. The book is getting a re-release which will be available in November. Take a step into Serafini’s world below.


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