Codex Seraphinianus is one weird-ass book

Codex Seraphinianus

With a name like Codex Seraphinianus, it’s no surprise it features peculiar drawings.

There are plenty of weird and indecipherable texts in history. The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex from the 15th century but Codex Seraphinianus comes from 1981. It was written by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini and depicts an imaginary world with a cypher and a host of different topics including nature, clothing, and architecture.

Luigi Serafini, author and illustrator of the Codex Seraphinianus, ‘At the end of the day [it’s] similar to the Rorschach inkblot test. You see what you want to see. You might think it’s speaking to you, but it’s just your imagination.’

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It’s a made-up encyclopedia and stretches the realms of the imagination but it’s fairly incomprehensible. And that was likely the point. It was originally published in Italy, it made it to a few other countries.

You can buy a copy of Codex Seraphinianus from Amazon.

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