SHOW + TELL: Codex Seraphinianus

SHOW+TELL: Codex Seraphinianus #weird #book
If you haven’t heard of the Codex Seraphinianus, it is a beautifully strange book created by Luigi Serafini. First published in 1981, this amazing book is an illustrated encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language. My boyfriend, James gifted me a copy last year and I could not put it down. I will warn you that the hardbound book is both big and heavy, but you’ll spend hours pouring over each mysterious page.

SHOW+TELL: Codex Seraphinianus #weird #book
SHOW+TELL: Codex Seraphinianus #weird #book
One of the strangest (and most debated) things about this book is that it is written in an invented script. The artist claims it to be nothing more than a pretend language. But one can’t help but wonder if there is a secret code to be unlocked.

What I want my alphabet to convey to the reader is the sensation that children feel in front of books they cannot yet understand.
— Luigi Serafini

SHOW+TELL: Codex Seraphinianus #weird #book
SHOW+TELL: Codex Seraphinianus #weird #book

Want to know more? Check out this interview with artist and WIRED magazine.

SHOW+TELL: Codex Seraphinianus #weird #book
SHOW+TELL: Codex Seraphinianus #weird #book