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Dictionary of the Khazars

The Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel was written by the Serbian novelist Milorad Pavic (1984). As the subtitle impies, the novel takes the form of a lexicon or encyclopedia; indeed, it comprises three parallel, cross-referenced lexicons, in each of which the entries are constructed from the point of view of one of the three religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is an illustrated book of unknown authorship written in a unique script and language, neither of which has yet been deciphered. On almost every page, the text is accompanied by very unusual hand-drawn illustrations ranging from botanical specimens of plants not found on earth to elaborate cosmological diagrams.

Malley, Ern

Ern Malley was an Australian poet and artist, the joint creation of writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart. McAuley and Stewart created Malley as a hoax aimed at editor Max Harris and his Melbourne-based modernist literary magazine Angry Peguins, which they considered pretentious.

Circular River Project

Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn's Circular River project (1998-99) is a fictive photodocumentary purporting to tell the story of a 1944 British "Royal Excavation Corps" expedition to Siberia in search of Peter Hesselbach, a downed German glider pilot.

Museum of Forgery

The Museum of Forgery identifies itself as a "virtual institution dedicated to promoting an appreciation of the aesthetics of forgery'. Like Broodthaers's Department of Eagles, it is essentially a conceptual project masquerading as an institution to generate critique that appears to come from within the walls of authority. In the case of the Museum of Forgery, this critique revolves around questions of authenticity and ownership of art. Founded in 1990, the Museum of Forgery has no permanent building; its main public portal appears to be its website.

Codex Seraphinianus

Originally published in Italy in 1981, the Codex Seraphinianus appears to be an encyclopedia for a world very different from Earth. It is profusely illustrated with colored-pencil drawings of fantastic beings, many of which are hybrids between categories that we generally consider wholly separate: animal-machine, vegetable-mineral.

Tate, Nat (William Boyd and others)

In 1998 writer  William Boyd published a book entitled Nat Tate - An American Artist 1928-1960 that was the biography of a fictional American artist.  The book takes the form of a traditional artist's monograph, with illustrations including photographs of Tate's work and documents from his life. The fiction is supported by statements attributed to various celebrities such as Hans Hofmann and Gore Vidal (who was an active collaborator on the project).

F.I.R.E. [first issue reserved edition]

F.I.R.E., or First Issue Reserved Edition, is a "unique collection of U.S. postage stamps" created by a self-described "terrorist/artist living and working in New York's East Village." The F.I.R.E. web site displays its  stamps under three categories: life, people, and commemoratives. Most enshrine ideas, people, or objects of American culture that would never appear on official U.S. postage stamps: guns, the homeless, friendly fire, Jack Kevorkian, Waco. A stamp commemorating the atomic bomb is captioned "shame on US".

Hokes Archives

The Hokes Archives is a project in fictive archeaology created by artist Beauvais Lyons. Lyons has created the artefacts for at least two fictional ancient near Eastern civilizations, the Apasht and the Aazudians. In addition, he creates the field notes, diagrams, and other scientific documents pertaining to archeological excavations of these civilizations. Lastly, he creates museum-style exhibitions of the artefacts and documents, often accompanied by lectures that he gives as "Dr. Lyons," director of the Hokes Archive, or his German counterpart, Heinrich Dreckmueller.

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