World’s Second Most Mysterious Manuscript

Back in February I wrote a brief post about the world’s most mysterious book, known as the Voynich Manuscript. Over at the Retronaut‘s I learned about the Codex Seraphinianus. Not quite as mysterious as the Voynich, but equally headache inducing. (In a good way.)

Written by Italian artist, architect and designer, Luigi Serfini in the late 70s, it “appears to be a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world, written in one of its languages, an alphabetic writing intended to be meaningless.” (Wiki)

The page numbering code was cracked, as a variation of base 21. But the writing, said the author himself, is an asemic form of automatic writing. He “wanted his alphabet to convey to the ‘reader’ is the sensation that children feel in front of books they cannot yet understand, although they see that their writing does make sense for grown-ups.” (again, Wiki)


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