If you haven’t seen Luigi Serafini’s Codex Seraphinianus before, I heartily recommend stomping over to this 230-photo Flickr set and checking it out.

It’s now reasonably well-known that the book’s strange page-numbering system has been cracked (it’s a funny kind of base-21 counting, with various unlucky numbers removed), but the text itself remains enigmatic. Ivan Derzhanski has posted some observations here, but I think it’s fair to say nobody yet has the foggiest idea how to go about trying to read it. Oh well!

Incidentally, there’s even a ballet based on it!

10 thoughts on “Codex Seraphinianus on Flickr…

  1. I have the codex for sale. Two volumes, signed by the author, printed in Italy 1981. First edition. Very very good condition, please contact codex@akit.co.uk for enquiries.

  2. Note: I don’t normally allow ads in, but a signed two-volume set of the Codex Seraphinianus 1981 edition is a pretty rare thing. 🙂

  3. Re my posting on Feb 24th 2009. I have sold the codex. Sorry folks.

  4. Good for you, Akit – and good for the collector who bought the set too, I think. 🙂

    (And no, it wasn’t me!)

  5. Lynn Gansert on December 6, 2009 at 2:35 pm said:

    I am trying to get Codex Seraphinianus. Van anyone help me ? Thanks

  6. Hi Lyn — alll

    All I have a copy of the 2 volume set Codex Seraphinianus – First Edition 1981 for sale as of 28 dec 09 –

    please contact me on



  7. I am looking for the 2 volume set Codex Seraphinianus – First Edition 1981 email me pourq77@yahoo.com

  8. Carol on April 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm said:

    I have a 2 volume set Codex Seraphinianus – First Edition 1981 – signed by Luigi Seraphini, for sale as of apr 09 11.

  9. Hi Carol,

    I’m interested in your Codex Seraphinianus. Can you email me at: crhbingham ‘at’ gmail.com


  10. Hi folks,

    I’m still after a 1981 edition of the codex. I would also be interested in signed 1983 editions. Please email me if you have anything available.

    crhbingham ‘at’ gmail.com

    All the best!

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