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Curiosities, works of art, concept-books, Oulipo, unusual or simply unclassifiable publications... Some books are so much more than text on paper!
The Meaning of Liff
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The Meaning of Liff

by Douglas Adams,John Lloyd

About the book:  The Meaning of Liff has sold hundreds of thousands of copies since it was first published in 1983, and remains a much-loved humour classic. This edition has been revised and updated, and includes The Deeper Meaning of Liff, giving fresh appeal to Douglas Adams and John Lloyd's entertaining and witty dictionary. In life, there are hundreds of familiar experiences, feelings and objects for which no words exist, yet hundreds of strange words are idly loafing around on signposts, pointing at places. The Meaning of Liff connects the two. BERRIWILLOCK (n.) - An unknown workmate who writes 'All the best' on your leaving card. ELY (n.) - The first, tiniest inkling that something, somewhere has gone terribly wrong. GRIMBISTER (n.) - Large body of cars on a motorway all travelling at exactly the speed limit because one of them is a police car. KETTERING (n.) - The marks left on your bottom or thighs after sunbathing on a wickerwork chair. OCKLE (n.) - An electrical switch which appears to be off in both positions. WOKING (ptcpl.vb.) - Standing in the kitchen wondering what you came in here for.

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The Deeper Meaning of Liff
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The Deeper Meaning of Liff

by Douglas Adams

About the book:  The updated, revised edition of "The Meaning of Liff", with illustrations from "Private Eye" cartoonist Bert Kitchen.

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Jabberwocky
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Jabberwocky

by Lewis Carroll

About the book:  The most celebrated nonsense poem in the English language, Lewis Carroll's ?Jabberwocky? has delighted readers of all ages since it was first published in Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, in 1872. Stéphane Jorisch's stunningly inventive art adds a vibrant, surprising dimension to an already unforgettable poem.

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Cent mille Milliards de poèmes
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Cent mille Milliards de poèmes

by Raymond Queneau

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The Voynich Manuscript
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The Voynich Manuscript

by Wilfrid Voynich

About the book:  The first authorized copy of this mysterious, much-speculated-upon, one-of-a-kind, centuries-old puzzle. The Voynich Manuscript is produced from new photographs of the entire original and accompanied by expert essays that invite anyone to understand and explore the enigma. Many call the fifteenth-century codex, commonly known as the “Voynich Manuscript,” the world’s most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. The manuscript appears and disappears throughout history, from the library of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to a secret sale of books in 1903 by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The book’s language has eluded decipherment, and its elaborate illustrations remain as baffling as they are beautiful. For the first time, this facsimile, complete with elaborate folding sections, allows readers to explore this enigma in all its stunning detail, from its one-of-a-kind “Voynichese” text to its illustrations of otherworldly plants, unfamiliar constellations, and naked women swimming though fantastical tubes and green baths.   The essays that accompany the manuscript explain what we have learned about this work—from alchemical, cryptographic, forensic, and historical perspectives—but they provide few definitive answers. Instead, as New York Times best-selling author Deborah Harkness says in her introduction, the book “invites the reader to join us at the heart of the mystery.” 

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Romi. Histoire de l'insolite
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Romi. Histoire de l'insolite

by Romi [Robert Miquel]

About the book:  Paris. 1964. Robert Laffont. 30x24. 191p.

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Codex Seraphinianus Thirty-three
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Codex Seraphinianus Thirty-three

by Luigi Serafini

About the book:  An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations. Ever since the Codex Seraphinianus was first published in 1981, the book has been recognized as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made. This visual encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fueled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, the Codex confused, fascinated, and enchanted a generation. While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artifact. Blurring the distinction between art book and art object, this anniversary edition-redesigned by the author and featuring new illustrations-presents this unique work in a new, unparalleled light. With the advent of new media and forms of communication and continuous streams of information, the Codex is now more relevant and timely than ever. A special limited and numbered deluxe edition that includes a signed print is also available.

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Depero futurista
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Depero futurista

by Fortunato Depero,Manuel del Junco,Maurizio Scudiero,Gianluca Poldi,Llanos Menéndez,Carolina Castrillo,Pablo Echaurren,Alessandro Ghignoli,Claudia Salaris,Giovanna Ginex,Belén Albarrán,Raffaele Bedarida,Giovanni Lista,Fabio Belloni,Aida Capa,Marta Suárez- Infiesta

About the book:  This gorgeous, clothbound, nearly 500-page volume presents a generous overview of one of the Futurist movement's most prolific and visionary figures. Fortunato Depero announced his allegiance to the Futurist cause with the manifesto "Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe" (coauthored with Giacomo Balla), and went on to attempt exactly that, traversing all disciplines―painting, sculpture, theatre and set design, poetry, graphic design, textiles and toy design―and infusing them with Futurism's joyous, energetic color palette and embrace of mechanization and speed. Depero was a pioneer in several fields: he created one of the first artist's museums, several classic artist's books (such as his famous "bolted book" of 1927) and the first artist's "factory"―the Casa d'Arte Futurista in Rovereto, Italy, which produced toys, tapestries and furniture in the Futurist style. He was also very successful as a graphic designer, and his 1932 bottle design for Campari Soda is still in production. Surveying over 300 works from the gamut of his vast output, Futurist Depero is a wonderful, rich celebration of this fascinating Futurist protagonist.Fortunato Depero (1892–1960) encountered Futurism on a visit to Florence in 1913 and quickly became one of its leading exponents. In 1928 Depero relocated to New York, the city he called the New Babel, where he lived and worked between 1928 and 1930, designing costumes for stage productions, covers for magazines including The New Yorker and Vogue, and opening the Depero Futurist House. He returned to the US in 1947, living in New Milford, Connecticut from March 1948 to October 1949, where he wrote his autobiography, So I Think, So I Paint. His works were featured prominently in the 2014 Guggenheim exhibition Italian Futurism and The Museum of Modern Art's Inventing Abstractions.

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Tout Ce Que L'Homme Sait de la Femme
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Tout Ce Que L'Homme Sait de la Femme

by Kazym' Enryen

About the book:  Anthropologue et fin connaisseur du genre féminin est notre auteur. Dans ce tome impressionnant, il nous présente le fruit de ses recherches scientifiques infraculturelles longues, heureuses, et sans précédent. Que peut-on dire de plus à ce sujet ? L'auteur nous propose un voyage vers l'horizon absolu des relations hommes-femmes, à travers les différents pays et civilisations uniques. Il admet, non sans modestie, avoir parachevé ses études par des stages aux Conseils de ministres avariés, aux multiples Acad-anémies et même chez les mille-y-taire (qui toutefois étaient peu loquaces, leurs énergies étant focalisées à régler une question bien différente, à savoir : Avons-nous bien besoin d'une armée ? Restons à l'écoute...). Kazim' Enryen a toujours été reconnu comme l'autorité incontestée pour toutes questions touchant le sexe faible. Lequel est-il, au fait ? Hélas ! depuis quelques temps, une regrettable poignée de contestataires féministes remet en question le doux savoir de notre maître à penser. Elles affirment que l'autre moitié du ciel, c'est l'enfer ! Ou encore pire, que la lumière au bout du tunnel, c'est la Grande-Bretagne ! Peine perdue, tout cela, bien sûr, car peut-on sérieusement contester la perfection ? L'histoire, tout de même, n'est pas un tirage au sort ! Pour les lecteurs et lectrices qui cherchent à saisir les mystères de l'organisme, à sonder les splendeurs et misères de la communication profonde, les paroxysmes de la joie physique, l'extase mystique de l'union parfaite, un petit conseil : cherchez ailleurs ! Ici règne le calme froid de la Raison. Vous avez la chance d'avoir mis la main sur une encyclopédie véritable de la connaissance totale qu'a l'homme de sa douce moitié. Lisez ce livre, vous y verrez la preuve irréfutable de la primauté des idées fortes. Alors, très chers messieurs, n'ayez pas peur. Tout est sous contrôle. Vraiment. Ou comme disait l'autre (en l'occurrence Juvénal) : " Difficile est saturam non scribere !!! "

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The snouters
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The snouters

by Harald Stumpke

About the book:  Snouters are mammals found on the Island of Hy-dud-dye-fee. They are part of the order rhinogrades. Their chief characteristic is extra ordinarily developed and variegated noses. This is a masterpiece of evolutionary science fiction

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