Poliphili Hypnerotomachia, ubi Humana Omnia non Nisi Somnium Esse Ostendit, at que Obiter Plurima Scitu Sanequam Digna Commemorat. fo.

Poliphili Hypnerotomachia, ubi Humana Omnia non Nisi Somnium Esse Ostendit, at que Obiter Plurima Scitu Sanequam Digna Commemorat. fo.

Francesco Colonna

London, Methuen, 1904


Small folio, 34 x 23 cm. Bound in publisher's 1/4 linen over gray boards. Uncut page ends. 2 preliminary leaves, facsimile (234 leaves, woodcuts.)  Facsimile reproduction of the 1st edition: Venetiis mense decembri. M. ID. in aedibus Aldi Manutii, accuratissime.  Light spotting.  Facsimile of the 1499 incunabula, an example of linguistic-stylistic parody of Latinizing in a native language, this book is better known for the over 200 finely executed woodcuts that decorate it. One of the most famous illustrated books of the Renaissance. 

The Hypnerotomachia interweaves the courtly romance of the Middle Ages with the revival of classical culture. In search of his lost love, Polia, Polifilo is led through a fantastic dream-world of pyramids and obelisks, classical gardens, ruined temples and bacchanalian festivals, before finding her and gaining ultimate enlightenment at the temple of Venus. Interpretations of the intricate text are many, and there is evidence that it served as a sort of humanist encyclopedia (D. Stichel, 'Reading the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili in the Cinquecento, marginal notes in a copy at Modena,' Aldus Manutius and Renaissance Culture, Essays in memory of Franklin D. Murphy, Florence: 1998) 

This is an oversized or heavy book, which requires additional postage for international delivery outside the US.

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