In Brief

Codex Seraphinianus attempts to depict the feeling a child has when reading for the first time.

The Codex Seraphinianus is a one-of-a-kind book that was written with the intention that it cannot be read or understood. It was originally created by Luigi Serafini in the 70s, who was an Italian artist, architect and industrial designer. The book took him 30 months to illustrate and write.

The encyclopedia is around 360 pages long and features detailed drawings showing bizarre flora, fauna, contraptions, anatomies and concepts. Serafini has used a strange alphabet that appears to be a mixture of Eastern and Western writing systems.

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