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Codex Seraphinianus [Hardcover]

Luigi Serafini
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Book Description

5 Nov 2013
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" 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 33rd 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 the Codex is now more relevant than ever.  The continuous stream of information and how it is processed is very much a part of our lives and what makes this extraordinary book so timely and sought after by so many.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications; Pck Har/Bk edition (5 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847842134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847842131
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 4.6 x 34.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..".the book really does live up to its reputation: The drawings are in turn hilarious, disturbing, bizarre and, sometimes, just flat-out incomprehensible, but all of them are annotated in Serafini's script." -"Dangerous Minds" "It's not the sort of thing that easily lends itself to classification, but probably the most accurate way to describe it would be as an encyclopedia of an invented alien civilization...the Codex is still a disorienting and provocative vision of inscrutable otherness." -"Slate.com" ""Codex Seraphinianus" is an art book in the most direct sense--there are big, beautiful drawings accompanied by indecipherable letterforms--and it is impossible to "read" in a literal way. The text has remained a mystery all these years, and perhaps that's part of its draw as an art object." -"FineBooks Magazine""Is the best art book of the year one that is not only impossible for me to review, but one that is probably equally impossible for you to understand? It's a handsome, hilarious and enduring puzzle that not only features wonderful art in it, but in its entirety captures another kind of human creativity--the encyclopedia, the result of compiling and collecting, and an unlikely medium for artists."" -North Adams Transcript" ..".a weird and wonderful masterpiece of art and philosophical provocation on the precipice of the information age....Undoubtedly one of the most intricate and beautiful art books ever created." -"Brain Pickings" "Wow. One of the strangest and most beautiful books ever published."" -Faerie Tales"" "" "Codex Seraphinianus" is in a sense the most elaborate book of doodles ever made. What makes it much more than that is not just the quality of Serafini's drawings and the superior book-making craft, but its brilliant structure. Part of the genius of the "Codex" is that there is enough information to be familiar but not enough to make any sense."" -Spectrum Culture"" " "The intense strangen

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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This artistic masterpiece is a sight to behold. Beautifully bound, high quality producing. If expanding your decorative bookshelf this should be one of the first on your list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a fabulous book to peruse. 6 Dec 2010
The illustrations are brilliant, weird and wonderful. The text - a code - is, as far as I can see, nonsense.
The same "words" are repeated much too often for it to make any sense, but the calligraphy is great! Even the paper
is special and at 96 dollars I consider it an absolute bargain. A book to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes 2 July 2014
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First off, this is a big book. Not for smaller bookshelves. It's bound in cream, with the details picked out in gold-look foil. Substantial, but not heavy. The paper is high quality, crenellated, and slightly see-through. I don't think I need to describe the contents, other than to say the print quality is very high.

As an entire work, it is an encyclopedia and a guide to an imagined world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 Jun 2014
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Amazing book and well worth getting a copy. The pictures and concepts are really interesting and as for the text - it looks great and seems consistent enough to actually be saying something - I just cant work out quite what it all means - much like the book itself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Pricing 30 Mar 2014
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I bought this book at top price thinking i was getting a rare book. In a few short days, i was given a refund because it was selling at a lower price than i bought it. This was fair , but it left me feeling that this book was not so rare as it appeared to be and I did feel somewhat fooled.
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