Several years ago DM highlighted the reprint edition of Codex Seraphinianus, what we termed “the strangest book in the world.” For those who don’t know, Codex Seraphinianus is, as my DM colleague Em described it, “a figurative, as well as literal, encyclopedia of weirdness insofar as it describes in great detail the basic physics, flora and fauna, and even the vaguely human-like society of a world that doesn’t happen to exist,” all lovingly described in “a language—and even a script—that no one to date has ever decoded.”
Just a few weeks ago we ran a follow-up interview with Luigi Serafini, the author of Codex Seraphinianus, to promote the new reprint edition of his 1984 book Pulcinellopaedia Seraphiniana, which is almost as weird.
I was tickled to learn that for the first time the Codex has entered the wall calendar market. For each of the twelve months there is a vibrant tableau brimming with curious creatures and Serafini’s fanciful invented script, and in case that isn’t enough, a good many of the individual days on the calendar part feature bizarre Serafini images on them as well. It’s simply a gorgeous visual feast of addictive weirdness.
The Codex 2017 calendar was “personally designed by author Luigi Serafini.” The current list price for Codex Seraphinianus is $125, and even at Amazon’s discounted price of $91.99, that’s still probably a bridge too far for some of the book’s potential readership. One nice aspect of the Codex Seraphinianus calendar is that it makes the Serafini genius far more affordable. List price is $14.99 but Amazon will sell you one for just $10.49.