義大利鬼才藝術家Luigi Serafini繼幻想的圖畫百科全書Codex Seraphinianus又一玄妙至極的圖畫故事書。以那布勒斯地區家喻戶曉的丑角人物普欽內拉(Pulcinella)為主角，繪製上百幅插畫。1984年出版後，旋即被死忠書迷捧為至寶，本書以30年前的原書為基礎，做了大幅的改造，書後並有Luigi Serafini所做的跋。
1920年由俄國音樂家史特拉汶斯基作曲、畢卡索設計舞台的舞劇普欽內拉(Pulcinella)，使得這個18世紀滑稽劇主角在20世紀復活。這個有著鷹勾鼻、戴著黑色面具、穿著白袍、模仿小雞(Pulcinella之名即源自於義大利文”小雞” - Pulcino)聲音的丑角，其原型在古羅馬時代的喜劇就已出現，到了17世紀才成為現在我們所知的外貌。
Pulcinella在滑稽劇史上，被描繪成屢次遭遇厄運，仍不斷唱誦愛情、飢餓與金錢的人物。Luigi Serafini用他在Codex Seraphinianus驚人的想像力，為Pulcinella創作出一個不可思議的世界，描繪主人翁如何面對每日生活的各種挑戰。首版一出，即有書迷爭相解讀作者在神秘插畫中所隱含的各種意圖，第一版在圖書拍賣市場已超過上千美元，可見其炙手可熱的程度。本書即是回應30年前出版盛況與目前市場需求所做的更修版，對神祕圖畫書有興趣，想開拓想像力的讀者，千萬不要再錯過這個版本。
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.