View Full Version : Codex Seraphinianus - an otherworldly encyclopedia on archives.org

07-11-2011, 11:09 AM
Those who had their daily dose of Boing Boing have probably seen it already, the others may be in for a treat.

Codex Seraphinianus on Archives.org (http://www.archive.org/details/Codex-Seraphinianus)

The Codex Seraphinianus is a book written and illustrated by the Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978. The book is approximately 360 pages long (depending on edition), and appears to be a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world, written in one of its languages, a thus-far undeciphered alphabetic writing.

The Codex is divided into eleven chapters, partitioned into two sections. The first section appears to describe the natural world, dealing with flora, fauna, and physics. The second deals with the humanities, the various aspects of human life: clothing, history, cuisine, architecture and so on. Each chapter seems to treat a general encyclopedic topic.Note: the scan's a bit dodgy (low quality) and may not be perfectly legal.

07-11-2011, 04:28 PM
Wow, hope it stays up, really hard to find a copy of it anywhere else. Think it came back in print a few years ago for something around $200 and very limited copies.

07-11-2011, 04:32 PM
I call shenanigans.

EDIT: I read 1796 so lol