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The Codex Seraphinianus (LJ/DW post)

The Codex Seraphinianus is a book written and illustrated by the Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978. The book is approximately 360 pages long (depending on edition), and appears to be a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world, written in one of its languages, a thus-far undeciphered alphabetic writing.

http://www.archive.org/details/Codex-Seraphinianus

How come I never heard of this before today?

Oh cool: from the same site, you can get the Voynich Manuscript!
http://www.archive.org/details/TheVoynichManuscript

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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erithianopius
Nov. 7th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
The Codex Saraphinianus sounds like something you would write. I want to see it. You could do something similar, an encyclopedia of Traipah written in TPNN.
fayanora
Nov. 7th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
So go to the site I linked and download the PDF file.

It really does look like a modern day Voynich Manuscript... at first. The entries get more and more surreal the more you read through it. And the alphabet used is completely different.
fayanora
Nov. 7th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
PS
I'd have to come up with a different alphabet for a Traipahni version. The others are all online, so it wouldn't remain a mystery for long if I used one of those.

Which reminds me... I used to write in cipherbets all the time, in a little journal I kept at school. Except I lost the thing that tells me what the characters are. I remember a few of them, but not enough to decode it. :-(
erithianopius
Nov. 7th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
I just downloaded it. The world is wonderfully surreal, but I recognized a few important characteristics about that world that even have a couple of functional elements in common with Cassalydia. They use a lot of technology that is not only biological but exists as both part of their civilization(s) and their ecology. It seems that to a certain extent biology and technology have merged. They attach devices to themselves, and even the technology that is not living is biomimetic, functionally and aesthetically. Also, at the end the architecture is described, and it appears that a lot of it uses arcology concepts, and either resembles or uses the natural surroundings. Of course this world looks NOTHING like Cassalydia, and the only thing it has in common is the merger of life and technology and the use of massive, integrated structures.
xander_opal
Nov. 7th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
This is a very nifty concept. I wonder if it was an inspiration for the Myst games?
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