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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!
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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

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

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

by Raymond Queneau

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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

by Romi [Robert Miquel]

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

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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

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

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

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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Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon

by Manley Palmer Hall

About the book:  Within the pages of Manly Palmer Hall’s celebrated 20th century tome, readers delight in discussions about ancient symbolism, rituals, and mythology. Often hailed as an encyclopedia for all things hidden, ancient, and arcane, The Secret Teachings of All Ages explores a vast array of topics, from secret societies and the Zodiac to Mystic Christianity and William Shakespeare’s identity. Despite some of the outdated and controversial ideas it poses now in the 21st century, The Secret Teachings of All Ages continues to fascinate students of the cryptic and mysterious.

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Popol Vuh

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About the book:  Popol Vuh, the Quiché Mayan book of creation, is not only the most important text in the native languages of the Americas, it is also an extraordinary document of the human imagination. It begins with the deeds of Mayan gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan lords who founded the Quiché kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was transcribed into the Roman alphabet in the sixteenth century. This new edition of Dennis Tedlock's unabridged, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, and over forty new illustrations.

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Rohonc Codex

by C. G. Jung

About the book:  The most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology. When Carl Jung embarked on an extended self-exploration he called his “confrontation with the unconscious,” the heart of it was The Red Book, a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principle theories—of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation—that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality. While Jung considered The Red Book to be his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Now, in a complete facsimile and translation, it is available to scholars and the general public. It is an astonishing example of calligraphy and art on a par with The Book of Kells and the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake. This publication of The Red Book is a watershed that will cast new light on the making of modern psychology. 212 color illustrations.

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Codex Mendoza

by Frances F. Berdan

About the book:  The Aztec painted manuscripts known as 'the Codex Mendoza' was prepared on the authority of Don Antonio de Mendoza, first Viceroy of New Spain, shortly after the Spanish conquest, for dispatch to the emperor, Charles V. The Codex was specially written by an Aztec painted book artist using the native pictographic system of writing. So that the Spanish monarch should be able to read it and form an idea of his strange dominions in the New World, a Spanish priest familiar with the language of the Aztecs, 'Nauatil', was asked to write a detailed explanation of the contents.The Codex consists of 17 folio pages, arrange in 3 parts. The first is a copy of an ancient Mexican chronicle, which has not survived, of the 'history from year to year' of the lords of Tenochtitlan, together with a list of the towns they subdued. It covers the period from 1325 to 1521: in other words, from the foundation, on a most unompromising, water-logged site, of what was later to become the capital of the great Aztec empire, up to the final collapse of that empire at the hands of the European invaders. Part II is a copy of the ancient document known as the 'Tribute Roll of Moctezuma,' now in the National Museum of Mexico.Part II is the only strictly original part of the Codex, since it was written specially for the Viceroy by the Mexican 'tlacuilo,' and describes the 'life from year to year' of the Aztecs.

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Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

by Bohumil Hrabal

About the book:  Rake, drunkard, aesthete, gossip, raconteur extraordinaire: the narrator of Bohumil Hrabal’s rambling, rambunctious masterpiece Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age is all these and more. Speaking to a group of sunbathing women who remind him of lovers past, this elderly roué tells the story of his life—or at least unburdens himself of a lifetime’s worth of stories. Thus we learn of amatory conquests (and humiliations), of scandals both private and public, of military adventures and domestic feuds, of what things were like “in the days of the monarchy” and how they’ve changed since. As the book tumbles restlessly forward, and the comic tone takes on darker shadings, we realize we are listening to a man talking as much out of desperation as from exuberance. Hrabal, one of the great Czech writers of the twentieth century, as well as an inveterate haunter of Prague’s pubs and football stadiums, developed a unique method which he termed “palavering,” whereby characters gab and soliloquize with abandon. Part drunken boast, part soul-rending confession, part metaphysical poem on the nature of love and time, this astonishing novel (which unfolds in a single monumental sentence) shows why he has earned the admiration of such writers as Milan Kundera, John Banville, and Louise Erdrich.

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Codex Gigas - the devil's bible

by Herman The Recluse,Lucifugus Rofocale

About the book:  “The Codex Gigas (English: Giant Book) is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world.It is also known as the Devil's Bible because of a large illustration of The Devil on the inside and the legend surrounding its creation.It is thought to have been created in the early 12th century in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic).It contains the Vulgate Bible as well as many historical documents all written in Latin.”

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The Mechanical Word

by Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test Prep Team

About the book:  ASVAB Study Guide Book: Practice Test Questions & Review for Math, Mechanical, General Science, Word Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning & More Developed to help students develop their English and language arts abilities, this comprehensive workbook includes: •Quick Overview •Test-Taking Strategies •Word Knowledge •Paragraph Comprehension •Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics •General Science •Chemistry •Assembling Objects •Mechanical Comprehensions •Practice Test Questions •Detailed Answer Explanations Each section of the workbook has a comprehensive review that goes into detail to cover all of the content first grade students need to know. The practice test questions are each followed by detailed answer explanations. If a student misses a question, it's important that they are able to understand the nature of their mistake and how to avoid making it again in the future. The answer explanations will help students learn from your mistakes and overcome them. Anyone educating first grade students should take advantage of the comprehensive material and practice test questions contained in this workbook.

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