Codex Seraphinianus Deluxe Edition

  • Filename: codex-seraphinianus-deluxe-edition.
  • ISBN: 0847843092
  • Release Date: 2013-09-20
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Luigi Serafini
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

Thirty-three years on from its original publication in Italy, this extraordinary encyclopedia of an imaginary world created by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini already has a cult following eager to see a new edition. Out of print for many years it commands high prices in the used book market so this new edition will feed the demand as well as attract new fans. It is sure to appeal to audiences interested in the works of artists such as MC Escher, Hieronymus Bosch, and Dali.

Pulcinellopaedia Seraphiniana Deluxe Edition

  • Filename: pulcinellopaedia-seraphiniana-deluxe-edition.
  • ISBN: 0847858308
  • Release Date: 2016-10-01
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Luigi Serafini
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

From the intriguing mind behind Codex Seraphinianus comes this beautifully illustrated tribute to the famed Neapolitan character Pulcinella (or "Punch" as he is referred to in English). Pulcinellopaedia Seraphiniana contains over one hundred extraordinary graphite illustrations with scarlet accents, some of which are depicted in comic-strip style. Conceived as a musical Suite, it is divided into nine scenes with an intermission. It features the oddly surreal and globally recognized character, whose origins have been lost in the mists of the time. An ancestor of Pulcinella was certainly Maccus, the protagonist of the Atellanae Fabulae, very popular farces in ancient Rome, but it was in the early seventeenth-century that the character assumed the name and costume that we all know. Distinguished by a long nose and typically dressed in white with a black mask, Pulcinella is often depicted in various kinds of misadventures and singing about love, hunger, and money. As he famously did in the Codex, Luigi Serafini, has created Pulcinellopaedia Seraphiniana in a unique language all its own, and has filled it with fascinating and mysterious illustrations that will no doubt prompt devotees to obsessively try to decipher the artist's intention. Written by Serafini's imaginative coauthor and alter ego "P. Cetrulo," who represents Pulcinella himself, the book artfully presents the struggles of a rebellious antihero who must come to grips with the challenges of everyday life. Originally, a book about Pulcinella and his world appeared in 1984, after Serafini's involvement with the 1982 Carnival of Venice, the first revival of the famous festivity after two centuries of silence. Now more than three decades later, this new edition has been extensively revised and includes a new afterword by the author. Like its predecessor, the original edition became immensely sought after and highly valuable, fetching more than one thousand dollars if book collectors were lucky enough to get their hands on a copy. All fans of Serafini's work will treasure this volume. Rizzoli will also publish a deluxe limited edition with a signed and numbered print.

Artists Books

  • Filename: artists-books.
  • ISBN: 1155657659
  • Release Date: 2010-09
  • Number of pages: 102
  • Author: Books Llc
  • Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (books not included). Pages: 23. Chapters: Manga, Graphic novel, Codex Seraphinianus, Artist's book, Agrippa, JRP-Ringier, Descriptive Catalogue, Graphic Story Magazine, Edo Meisho Zue, Public Illumination Magazine, The Narrative Corpse, A Humument, Moschatel Press, Rat Catching, Collage novel, Strange Messenger, Clive Barker, Illustrator, Clive Barker: Visions of Heaven and Hell, CIOPW, The Four Seasons of Mary Azarian. Excerpt: Manga (kanji: hiragana: katakana: ); or ) is the Japanese word for "comics" and consists of comics and print cartoons (sometimes also called komikku ). In the west, the term "Manga" has been appropriated to refer specifically to comics created in Japan, or by Japanese authors, in the Japanese language and conforming to the style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. In their modern form, manga date from shortly after World War II, but they have a long, complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art. In Japan, people of all ages read manga. The medium includes works in a broad range of genres: action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and business/commerce, among others. Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry, representing a 406 billion market in Japan in 2007 (approximately $3.6 billion). Manga have also gained a significant worldwide audience. In 2008, the U.S. and Canadian manga market was valued at $175 million. Manga are typically printed in black-and-white, although some full-color manga exist (e.g. Colorful). In Japan, manga are usually serialized in large manga magazines, often containing many stories, each presented in a single episode to be continued in the next issue. If the series is successful, collected chapters may be republished in pape...

The Essential Codex Mendoza

  • Filename: the-essential-codex-mendoza.
  • ISBN: 0520204549
  • Release Date: 1997-01-01
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Frances Berdan
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

Consists of v. 2 and 4 of Berdan and Anawalt's The Codex Mendoza (4 v. -- Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992).

The Resurrectionist

  • Filename: the-resurrectionist.
  • ISBN: 9781594746246
  • Release Date: 2013-05-21
  • Number of pages: 187
  • Author: E. B. Hudspeth
  • Publisher: Quirk Books

Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind? The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from a childhood spent exhuming corpses through his medical training, his travels with carnivals, and the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.

The Voynich Manuscript

  • Filename: the-voynich-manuscript.
  • ISBN: 9788087664193
  • Release Date: 2012-06-25
  • Number of pages: 204
  • Author: Wilfrid Voynich
  • Publisher: e-artnow

This ebook is the complete reproduction of the preserved Voynich Manuscript, formatted for high resolution color ebook reader displays. The Voynich manuscript, also known as "the world's most mysterious manuscript", is a work which dates to the early 15th century, possibly from northern Italy. It is named after the book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912. Much of the manuscript resembles herbal manuscripts of the time period, seeming to present illustrations and information about plants and their possible uses for medical purposes. However, most of the plants do not match known species, and the manuscript's script and language remain unknown and unreadable. Possibly some form of encrypted ciphertext, the Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. As yet, it has defied all decipherment attempts, becoming a cause célèbre of historical cryptology. The mystery surrounding it has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript a subject of both fanciful theories and novels. None of the many speculative solutions proposed over the last hundred years has yet been independently verified. Illustrations: The illustrations of the manuscript shed little light on the precise nature of its text but imply that the book consists of six "sections", with different styles and subject matter. Except for the last section, which contains only text, almost every page contains at least one illustration. Following are the sections and their conventional names: Herbal: Each page displays one plant (sometimes two) and a few paragraphs of text—a format typical of European herbals of the time. Some parts of these drawings are larger and cleaner copies of sketches seen in the "pharmaceutical" section. None of the plants depicted is unambiguously identifiable. Astronomical: Contains circular diagrams, some of them with suns, moons, and stars, suggestive of astronomy or astrology. One series of 12 diagrams depicts conventional symbols for the zodiacal constellations (two fish for Pisces, a bull for Taurus, a hunter with crossbow for Sagittarius, etc.). Each of these has 30 female figures arranged in two or more concentric bands. Most of the females are at least partly naked, and each holds what appears to be a labeled star or is shown with the star attached by what could be a tether or cord of some kind to either arm. The last two pages of this section (Aquarius and Capricornus, roughly January and February) were lost, while Aries and Taurus are split into four paired diagrams with 15 women and 15 stars each. Some of these diagrams are on fold-out pages. Biological: A dense continuous text interspersed with figures, mostly showing small naked women, some wearing crowns, bathing in pools or tubs connected by an elaborate network of pipes, some of them strongly reminiscent of body organs. Cosmological: More circular diagrams, but of an obscure nature. This section also has foldouts; one of them spans six pages and contains a map or diagram, with nine "islands" or "rosettes" connected by "causeways" and containing castles, as well as what may possibly be a volcano. Pharmaceutical: Many labeled drawings of isolated plant parts (roots, leaves, etc.); objects resembling apothecary jars, ranging in style from the mundane to the fantastical; and a few text paragraphs. Recipes: Many short paragraphs, each marked with a flower- or star-like "bullet".

The Tears of Things

  • Filename: the-tears-of-things.
  • ISBN: 0816646317
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Peter Schwenger
  • Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

We surround ourselves with material things that are invested with memories but can only stand for what we have lost. Physical objects—such as one’s own body—situate and define us; yet at the same time they are fundamentally indifferent to us. The melancholy of this rift is a rich source of inspiration for artists. Peter Schwenger deftly weaves together philosophical and psychoanalytical theory with artistic practice. Concerned in part with the act of collecting, The Tears of Things is itself a collection of exemplary art objects—literary and cultural attempts to control and possess things—including paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and René Magritte; sculpture by Louise Bourgeois and Marcel Duchamp; Joseph Cornell’s boxes; Edward Gorey’s graphic art; fiction by Virginia Woolf, Georges Perec, and Louise Erdrich; the hallucinatory encyclopedias of Jorge Luis Borges and Luigi Serafini; and the corpse photographs of Joel Peter Witkin. However, these representations of objects perpetually fall short of our aspirations. Schwenger examines what is left over—debris and waste—and asks what art can make of these. What emerges is not an art that reassembles but one that questions what it means to assemble in the first place. Contained in this catalog of waste is that ultimate still life, the cadaver, where the subject-object dichotomy receives its final ironic reconciliation. Peter Schwenger is professor of English at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the author of Fantasm and Fiction: On Textual Envisioning, Letter Bomb: Nuclear Holocaust and the Exploding Word, and Phallic Critiques: Masculinity and Twentieth-Century Literature.

The Voynich Manuscript

  • Filename: the-voynich-manuscript.
  • ISBN: 9781594778544
  • Release Date: 2006-08-28
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: Gerry Kennedy
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

An examination of the many theories surrounding this enigmatic text, apparently written in code • Reveals the connections between this work and the Cathars, Roger Bacon, and John Dee • Explains the cryptanalysis methods used in attempts to break the code • Includes color images from the manuscript juxtaposed with other medieval writings Since its discovery by Wilfrid Voynich in an Italian monastery in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript has baffled scholars and cryptanalysists with its unidentifiable script and bizarre illustrations. Written in an unknown language or an as yet undecipherable code, this medieval manuscript contains hundreds of illustrations of unknown plants, cosmological charts, and inexplicable scenes of naked “nymphs” bathing in a green liquid that some interpret as a symbolic depiction of human reproduction and the joining of the soul with the body. Gerry Kennedy and Rob Churchill explore the mystery surrounding the Voynich Manuscript, examining the many existing theories about the possible authors of this work and the information it may contain. They trace the speculative history of the manuscript and reveal those who may be connected to it, including Roger Bacon, John Dee, and the Cathars. With the possibility that it may be a lost alchemical text or other esoteric work, this manuscript remains one of the most intriguing yet enigmatic documents ever to have come to light. Gerry Kennedy is a freelance writer and has produced a number of BBC Radio 4 programs, including one on the Voynich Manuscript in 2001. Rob Churchill is a professional writer who has written scripts for many production companies, including the BBC and Thames Television. Both authors were consultants for the BBC/Mentorn Films documentary The Voynich Mystery. They live in London.

The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

  • Filename: the-dictionary-of-imaginary-places.
  • ISBN: 0156008726
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 755
  • Author: Alberto Manguel
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Describes and visualizes over 1,200 magical lands found in literature and film, discussing such exotic realms as Atlantis, Tolkien's Middle Earth, and Oz.


  • Filename: wonderbook.
  • ISBN: 1419704427
  • Release Date: 2013-10-15
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

This visual guide to writing creative and compelling fiction includes interesting and inspiring artwork as well as motivational tools and essays from today's top fantasy writers, including George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, to help all aspiring authors.


  • Filename: imre.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015019188047
  • Release Date: 1975
  • Number of pages: 205
  • Author: Xavier Mayne
  • Publisher: Arno Pr

"Imre is one of the first openly gay American novels with a happy ending. Described by the author as "a little psychological romance," the narrative follows two men who meet by chance in a cafe in Budapest, where they forge a friendship that leads to a series of mutual revelations and gradual disclosures. With its sympathetic characterizations of homosexual men, Imre's 1906 publication marked a turning point in literature in English." "This edition includes material relating to the novel's origins, contemporary writings on homosexuality, other writings by Prime-Stevenson, and a contemporary review."--BOOK JACKET.

Codex Seraphinianus Les 2 vol sont pr sent s sous coffret

  • Filename: codex-seraphinianus-les-2-vol-sont-pr-sent-s-sous-coffret.
  • ISBN: 8821600262
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Number of pages: 189
  • Author: Luigi Serafini
  • Publisher:

"Encyclopédie imaginaire écrite dans une langue inventée, cet ouvrage a été exécuté par un enlumineur de notre temps, dans une petite chambre à Rome, entre 1976 et 1978. Le premier volume est consacré aux sciences de la nature (anatomie, zoologie, tératologie, chimie, physique et mécanique) et le deuxième traite des sciences humaines (anatomie, ethnologie, anthropologie, mythologie, linguistique, cuisine, jeux, mode et architecture). L'oeil sur les sections de cet ouvrage, le lecteur aura peut-être le sentiment d'écouter la musique sans parole du Savoir, dit l'éditeur. Dans les planches du "Codex Seraphinianus", un monde et une culture se reflètent, à la fois semblables et dissemblables des nôtres, telles les voix diverses d'une même déclinaison.

Forty Stories

  • Filename: forty-stories.
  • ISBN: 0141180943
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 246
  • Author: Donald Barthelme
  • Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

This collection of pithy, brilliantly acerbic pieces is a companion to Sixty Stories, Barthelme's earlier retrospective volume. Barthelme spotlights the idiosyncratic, haughty, sometimes downright ludicrous behavior of human beings, but it is style rather than content which takes precedence.

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