Milan: Franco Maria Ricci, 1981. Limited First Edition, #3430/5000. Quarto, 2 vols., 127 pages, 127 pages, 108+128 plates; VG; full black silk bindings; spines with gilt lettering; housed in VG- black linen and paper slipcases, with blue paper labels with black lettering and design; mild shelf wear and scuffing to slipcases; letter to the reader loose within in Italian and English; profusely illustrated in full color; text in asemic language; signed flat by Serafini and stamped 3430 at vol. 2 colophon, limited edition of 5000 copies; pages clean; shelved Case 11.
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Luigi Serafini (b. 1949) is an Italian artist; he created both the text and images of the Codex Seraphinianus. The text is asemic, and according to Serafini is meant to evoke "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" rather than the experience of being unable to read a language. [Wikipedia];