Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day 13 → A fictional book

A fictional book - hmm a book that is not real? I guess books that are referred to in stories but do not exist would be prime candidates for this blog entry (of course I'm not going to assume I'm supposed to write about a book of fiction here), but one book in particular comes to mind - Codex Seraphinianus. On par with the Voynich manuscript, it is one of the weirdest books you might come across. True, it is an actual book, it was even published in 1981 (and probably based loosely on the Voynich manuscript which dates to the 15th century).

Both are encyclopaedias of imaginary worlds, written in a made up languages, beautifully and extensively illustrated. I'll just post a couple pages from the Codex. Go find it in your local library. (I might or might not have a copy of it in pdf to flick through and induce nightmares ^-~)

It is wonderfully surreal.

Oh, I would love to make a crazy book like that one day. A single, hand written, hand bound, hand illustrated volume.


  1. Wow! I'm intrigued, must look for it at the library. Another weird book is called "The House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski. More funky typography and illustration though...

  2. I'm intrigued too. I think I want one..