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Treasures of the Rare Books Room: Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini


The Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini has been called the world's weirdest book. This encyclopedia of sorts, thoroughly describes an unknown world and its inhabitants. Though written in an imaginary language, it has a recognizable format - table of contents, chapters, diagrams, drawings and even an index. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the world Serafini has created. Topics covered, include insects, fish, birds, mammals, plant life, people, machinery and clothing. Some illustrations show the seasonal changes of a tree, how a school of fish swims, how machines work, and how to eat certain kinds of foods. When "reading" through this book it's difficult not to wonder how to decipher the mysteries displayed. Many scholars and fans have attempted just that but failed with each try.

The Milwaukee Public Library holds one copy from a limited edition of 4000 printed in the United States in 1983. A complete digitized version of this 1983 edition can also be found online.

To view this item, please call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.

Valerie @ Central


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